Just a BIG thank you to everyone for last night's VIP experience. What a blast! We had not been to The Nutcracker since 2016.....Just loved this year's updated staging and storyline and the beautiful costumes. Our thanks to all for giving us such a great evening, and the many memorable pictures we took with the dancers.
We attended the evening performance after having attended most years for the past decade. I felt compelled to compliment the entire evening. I purchased three tickets for my adult daughter, ten year old and myself and accidentally picked VIP tickets. The backstage tour added so much to our experience and delighted us all but in particular my ten year old. She is a chorus and orchestra performer in her elementary school and reveled, even as she awoke this morning for school, about the inside scoop. The ladies in the Candy Kingdom were engaging and hospitable but I need to especially point out the kind lady helping the kids make crowns and wands. I should have thanked her at the time. My daughter was happy to be able to interact and create the crafts and will cherish the memory I’m sure. The performance was different from years past and we appreciated the whimsy that was inserted. It was lighthearted and exactly what the season should reflect in this world. The dancers at times were mesmerizing in their skill and execution at others simply a marvel. We thank them so much for their diligent work and sacrifice to arrive at a place of such beauty for the viewer. The music was, we think, the best of any previous Nutcracker performance that we’ve attended in San José. The addition of the chorus was at once dramatic and subdued and we enjoyed it thoroughly. We understand this kind of execution doesn’t simply happen and that a significant amount of energy, planning and development goes into such a wonderful event and experience. In short, we compliment and thank you and your entire team for this wonderful evening.
The costumes were beautiful. The sets were spectacular especially that growing tree! The dancing was lovely...at times I had tears in my eyes just at the wonderment...it brought joy to all who were lucky enough to experience it! A definite must see for the holiday experience. Can' wait until next year ! 🙂
A beautiful holiday tradition.
It was a wonderful show for the Christmas time. The dancers were world class and presented great performance. Overall well plot, delightful and funny too.
Amazing, husband and I are still talking about it 3 days later.
It was an excellent adaptation of the Nutcracker ballet. Beautiful orchestra performance making everyone note fluid. Definitely recommend it to anyone that enjoys music and ballet.
It was so entertaining and very enjoyable to watch. One of my family’s favorite traditions.
It was a great family experience and the children did great.
Other than the fact that my beautiful niece danced in it, it is a classy and classic performance that I never tire of watching. Loved it!
Much more kid friendly. The little comedic touches were fun.
This was such an awesome performance!! Great for children and adults to enjoy the holiday season!! Loved loved loved it!!
San José Dance Theatre's long continuing tradition as one of the Bay Area's most reputable dance institutions is clearly evident in their magical production of 'The Nutcracker', filled with stunning costumes, colorful sets, live music, and the exuberant joy of the dancers. From the tiniest reindeer and dancing gingerbread cookies to the elegance of the advanced students and professional dancers in the more challenging roles, Artistic Director Linda Hurkmans has lovingly created one of the holiday season's loveliest 'Nuts'
With classes tailored for all levels, even adult beginners enthusiastically share age appropriate roles on the Nutcracker stage, side by side with tomorrow's budding stars and young pre-professional hopefuls.
Carefully crafted to entertain tots to tot-toters, the show's staging kept the whole audience enthralled. I'll be adding it to my list of eagerly anticipated holiday treats!
'Odette' of Odette's Ordeal
Excellent performance, well managed group, and comfortable seating. I have not attended any other events at this venue. However, if this event is indicative of the venues ability to put on events - then it should be well worth the time and investment.
Highlighting the talent of our community in a family friendly setting while presenting a professional performance has made this a holiday tradition for our family for over 30 years.
We were at the Nutcracker performance today, and it was one of those magical experiences for us that we will remember for a long, long time... Everything about it was so beautiful! Sachi, Syon and a friend of theirs loved it too! Sachi said at the end of the performance that she could only imagine how much work it must have taken to make it so magical... Syon said he felt like he was in another world when we were in the theater. Sachi's friend loved the costumes and dancing, and said that she finally understood what Nutcracker was all about.