70 Years of Sugarplum Fairies


Sugarplum Fairies from the 1944-2014

On Christmas Eve in 1944, the War Memorial Opera House brimmed with excitement as the audience witnessed the American premiere of Nutcracker. Now, 70 years later it has become a beloved holiday tradition for families across the United States. Over the years, SF Ballet has created a variety of productions since Willam Christensen’s first choreography in 1944, additional choreography and productions were created by Lew Christensen. In 2004, Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson created the uniquely San Francisco production, set in 1915 San Francisco.

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Tweet the Plot: Nutcracker


In 140 characters or less, find a creative way to tell the story of Nutcracker on Twitter. (Bonus for references to our unique production!) Get creative—your plot can be as broad or detailed as you’d like!

Everyone who follows our guidelines and publishes a tweet by Monday, December 1 will receive a special discount on Giselle tickets. A discount code will be sent in a direct message on Twitter from @sfballet. (Be sure you follow us at @sfballet so we can send you a direct message for your ticket offer!)

Tweet the Plot Guidelines:

  1. Follow us @sfballet. (Remember you must follow @sfballet in order to receive a direct message with your promo code!)
  1. In 140 characters or less, compose your tweet describing the plot of our uniquely San Francisco Nutcracker plot. Use your best creative skills and have fun with it!
  1. Tag the tweet with #sfnutcracker (If you don’t use this hashtag, we won’t know you’ve participated!)
  1. Check your direct message inbox on Twitter for a special promo code for 25% off Giselle tickets. Please keep this code a secret, and encourage your friends and family to take part and receive their own ticket discount!
  1. Participate by 12/1/14 to win your promo code!


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SF Ballet Trainees On Tour


Established in 2004, the San Francisco Ballet School Trainee Program is a one to two year pre-professional program comprised of students chosen from the School’s most advanced level. Trainees range in age from 16 to 19 years old and hail from all over the world. Participation is by invitation from SF Ballet Artistic Director and SF Ballet School Director Helgi Tomasson and School Associate Director Patrick Armand.  

San Francisco Ballet School trainees. (© Erik Tomasson)

San Francisco Ballet School Trainees.
(© Erik Tomasson)


In this blog, Trainee Francisco Sebastião talks about the Trainee Program’s most recent collaboration with Houston Ballet II. Francisco  was born in Portugal and came to the program after winning at the prestigious the Prix de Lausanne competition in 2013. He is in his second year with the Trainee program.

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The Youngest Stars of Nutcracker


Nutcracker’s brave heroine Clara may be the production’s best-known role for a younger performer, but every year over 150 children step onto the War Memorial Opera House stage for 31 performances, playing a crucial role in bringing the world of Nutcracker to life.

You’ll see these talented young performers onstage in Nutcracker in roles including:

Boys and girls in the party scene at Clara’s House (Act I)


San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson’s Nutcracker (© Erik Tomasson)

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