Happy 75th Anniversary!

On the 75th anniversary of that first Nutcracker, the enduring beauty of the snow scene—then and now! 

The first production of Willam Christensen’s 1944 Nutcracker was recorded for the Standard Hour television show in 1952 and offers a bird’s-eye perspective on the snow scene of America’s first complete Nutcracker.

And now, we leap ahead to the current day. The beautiful blizzard that takes place in Helgi Tomasson’s current production of Nutcracker was filmed from the wings, capturing both the joy of movement—and a lot of snow!

Thank you for counting down to the 75th anniversary of Nutcracker with us! We’ve given away 75 pairs of tickets to this season’s performances, plus books, and multiple event tickets. 

We’ve loved reading about your Nutcracker memories as dancers and audience members, your pre-performance traditions, your favorite holiday drinks, your captions to Nutcracker images, and your retellings of the Nutcracker story in emojis. 

Happy holidays from all of us at San Francisco Ballet!

Nutcracker is onstage through December 29!

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Header image: SF Ballet in Tomasson’s Nutcracker // © Erik Tomasson

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