By Jamie Solis
Call out to your inner child—Christmas time is here again and there’s plenty of holiday cheer and pirouettes to go around. With the Inland Pacific Ballet delivering top-notch performances every year of classic tale The Nutcracker, tapping into your explorative child-like creativity should be elementary. Become entranced as dancers in elaborate attire masterfully tell the story of how young Clara receives a magical nutcracker on Christmas Eve which comes to life and leads her on an enchanted journey. For those of you unfamiliar with the story that’s been performed since the late 19th century, Clara is sleepless from excitement and sneaks into her living room to play with her new nutcracker. As the clock strikes midnight, strange Christmas magic begins to happen—decorations, mice and her nutcracker become life-sized, and start dancing and scurrying across the room. Clara is led on many adventures, winning a battle against the Mouse King and eventually making her way through to the Kingdom of Sweets, where she’s graced by the transcendent Sugarplum Fairy. Whether or not you enjoyed The Nutcracker during childhood, it’s never too late to exercise your imagination on this beautiful adventure.
Bridges Auditorium, Pomona College, 450 N. College Way, Claremont, (909) 607-1139; www.thebestnutcracker.com. Sat, Dec. 22. 1pm & 7pm. Sun, Dec. 23. 1pm. $36-42.