December 13, 2004
Rima Shah Singing, music and a red-carpet welcome for celebrities marked the beginning of the "The Nutcracker," which was performed Sunday at Glendale's Alex Theatre. Jack Klugman, veteran TV actor from "The Odd Couple," and "Quincy," was one of the celebrities invited to the ballet. Accompanying him was Peggy Crosby, who has appeared in "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement," "Raising Helen," and "The Odd Couple: Together Again." The ballet was presented by the Burbank-based Media City Ballet, featuring a cast of more than 100 dancers.
December 10, 2003
JOYCE RUDOLPH The dance tradition of the Russian Ballet Russe is the inspiration for the Media City Ballet's two performances of "The Nutcracker" Sunday at The Alex Theatre in Glendale. Natasha Middleton, artistic director of the Burbank company, is creating the choreography based on the principles of the legendary Ballet Russe de Serge Diaghilev. Middleton's grandmother, Elena Wortova, was a soloist in the original Ballet Russe and Middleton's father, Andrei Tremaine, was a principal dancer with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.
November 24, 2006
Media City Ballet (MCB), Natasha Middleton-Kettebekov, artistic director, will present a full-length classical storybook version of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's perennial favorite holiday ballet, The Nutcracker , choreographed and directed by Askar Kettebekov, featuring a large cast of professional dancers, accompanied for the first time by The San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of conductor James Domine, with The Taft High...
November 15, 2004
A sold-out crowd of families came out to the Pickwick Gardens Sunday afternoon for tea and ballet. "Clara's Holiday Tea Party" was presented by the Media City Ballet to give an appreciation to children and their parents about "The Nutcracker" and ballet in general. Roberta Anders, of Westlake Village, said she came to the tea with her children Natalie, 5, and James, 2, to get into the holiday spirit. "The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition," Anders said.
December 15, 2009
It was barely contained chaos, with small children gorging themselves on a sugary bounty before the Red Chair’s annual production of “The Nutcracker” Friday night at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. Parents sipped peppermint martinis and talked shop while grandparents rested on benches with bouquets or adjusted their zoom lenses. Nearby, a thickening stream of families poured into the theater. The pre-party, titled the “Land of Sweets” after the ballet’s divertissement suite of dances, is an apt example of the Red Chair’s knack for culling the best elements of traditional children’s theater in a sophisticated cocktail that adults can enjoy, too. Even if the show wasn’t watchable — and it is quite entertaining after a tedious start — the sheer feat of wrangling 125 children and young adults into a coherent staging of the holiday classic might be laudable enough.
November 10, 2006
Universal Ballet, under the general direction of Julia Moon and artistic direction of Oleg Vinogradov, returns to Los Angeles with four performances of its acclaimed production of "The Nutcracker," choreographed by Vasily Vainonen and staged by Oleg Vinogradov to the Tchaikovsky score. The set designs are by Simon Virsaladze and Simon Pastukh and the costumes designs are by Simon Virsaladze. "The Nutcracker" is a magical treat ? a holiday favorite for the entire family. Universal Ballet's "The Nutcracker" is from the original Mariinsky Theater version created by Vasily Vainonen in St. Petersburg in 1934.
November 26, 2004
The Fremont Elementary auditorium filled with giggles and cheers as the acting company of "We Tell Stories" jumped from the stage into the audience during their performance Nov. 12. The students of Fremont got to see, hear and even participate in two stories, "One Chanukah in Chelm," by Shalom Aleichem, and "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King," by Eta Hoffman. The extremely energetic actors, Stacy Turner, Armando Ortega and Ova Saopeng, did not let the show slow down once as they had the kids roaring with laughter with their version of these books.
December 5, 2001
Joyce Rudolph Media City Ballet hosts holiday luncheon BURBANK -- The Media City Ballet Company will perform excerpts from "The Nutcracker" at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, for a fund-raising holiday luncheon at the Burbank Airport Hilton, Festival Jubilee Room, 2500 N. Hollywood Way. The luncheon will feature a choice of entrees, Chicken Rosemary or Eggplant Parmesan. A no-host bar will be available. "A delightful afternoon of festive music and dance in the traditional holiday spirit," is planned, said company founder and Artistic Director Natasha Middleton.
December 25, 2008
CITY HALL — It took a security cable and a lock to assure the safety of a wreath placed on the city’s veterans memorial Wednesday, a day after a nutcracker statue was stolen from Brand Boulevard. The wreath, dedicated for the first time by the Glendale Chamber of Commerce’s Citizenship and Patriotism Committee, was an effort to show appreciation for troops who had sacrificed their lives so that others could enjoy occasions like the holidays in freedom, said Mirna Stanley, the committee’s chairwoman.
December 21, 2009
The students who acted and danced in “Visions of Sugarplums” this weekend in the Glendale High School auditorium performed a one-of-a-kind piece written by Tracy Vonder Haar. The ballet revolves around a series of dreams the main character, Jane, has one snowy night while asleep at her home in New York City. “Visions of Sugarplums” takes place during World War II, and Jane’s father is off at war. As they are walking in the city on Christmas Eve, Jane spots a famous ballerina dancing “The Nutcracker” in the park.