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Oakland Ballet: the Nutcracker has a posse


When we posted a picture of our new Nutcracker design on Facebook, people started chiming in with comments like “Oh, I remember going to this with my grandmother when I was a kid! Do they still do the same show?” Yes, they do — and it’s just as good as when you were a third-grader. This holiday season, for the 40th year in a row, the Oakland Ballet Company brings Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker to life. Students from local ballet schools will help round out the performances.

They’ll be performing with the Oakland East Bay Symphony at the Paramount Theater. We worked with the ballet to create some very special (and kind of spooky) tees in honor of the holiday tradition. The limited-edition shirts will only be available at the performances, and proceeds will support the ballet. And don’t worry if the show still gives you bad dreams. In our opinion, giant leaping nutcrackers are almost as scary as clowns.

Graham Lustig first brought his version of The Nutcracker to Oakland audiences in 2010. Set in Vienna in the early 20th century, Lustig’s production has been met with great critical acclaim. You can catch a matinee of The Nutcracker December 22nd and 23rd at 2 p.m. and on December 24th at 11 a.m. Tickets are between $20 – $59, and if you’ve never been to the Paramount at Christmas, it’s worth a visit. Don’t forget to check out the amazing power rooms and smoking lounges.


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