Valley Dance Theatre

Valley Dance Theatre’s Anna Mount and Guest Artist Maxwell Simoes perform as Snow Queen and Snow King in Valley Dance Theatre’s 2019 The Nutcracker, Dec. 14 to 22. (Photo- Jerwin Chua)

Valley Dance Theatre will present its annual full-length production of Tchaikovsky’s magical holiday classic The Nutcracker, from Saturday, Dec. 14 to Sunday, Dec. 22, at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., in Livermore.

Highlighting this 40th anniversary production will be new backdrops by celebrated designer Jean-François Revon, whose vibrant new creations will grace much-loved scenes: Land of Snow and Kingdom of the Sweets.

“We wanted to create something new and fresh for this special Nutcracker,” Revon said. “So I designed the drop (canvas curtain at the back of the set) for Land of Snow to be a colorful complement to the dancers’ white costumes. Drop designs are usually driven by the set, not the costumes, so this is a new way of doing things. I think the audiences will like it!”

Evening shows take place at 7 p.m. on Dec. 14, 20, 21, and 22. Matinees take place on Dec. 14, 15, 21, and 22, at 2 p.m. All performances will be accompanied by the Valley Dance Theatre Pit Orchestra.

Artistic Director Betsy Hausburg said, “Both the Land of Snow and The Land of Sweets scenes hold many surprises, thanks to Jean-François -- a non-traditional house, asymmetrical tree, floating balloons, unexpected uses of light, and more. We invite everyone to join us in celebrating our 40th anniversary of our beloved Nutcracker with all of its exciting new touches.”

Tickets to The Nutcracker are $42 adults and $21 for students 18 years and younger. Children under two years old must have tickets, obtained through the Bankhead Theater box office at no charge. Group tickets are also available. All tickets may be purchased online at www.bankheadtheater.org, by phone at (925) 373-6800, or in person at the theater box office located at 2400 First St., Livermore. Box office hours are Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 6 p.m., and for two hours prior to each show time.

For more information, visit www.valleydancetheatre.com.