Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” is returning to the Alex Theatre, but this year, theatergoers can see three productions of the classic holiday ballet.
Dancers from Burbank’s Media City Ballet, The Red Chair Children’s Production Co. and the Los Angeles Ballet are rehearsing their own versions of the famous ballet.
About 60 dancers from the Los Angeles Ballet will perform their full-length production on Nov. 29 and 30.
“We are constantly making little changes and modifications in the ballet,” said Thordal Christensen, co-artistic director of Los Angeles Ballet.
This year, “The Nutcracker” is set in 1912 in Southern California, Christensen said.
“We wanted to have a local flair,” he said. “You can set this ballet in many different places.”
Unlike the traditional ballet, which takes place in the 1800s in Germany, Christensen’s choreography, costumes and sets will reflect the era the ballet is set in.