Long Beach Ballet Wins 12th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award
Named Best-Loved Nutcracker Production in the Nation
PASADENA, Calif., December 19, 2018 (Newswire.com) - Goldstar, the live entertainment discovery platform that connects its audience of 10 million ticket buyers with its more than 6,000 live entertainment venues and producer-partners across the U.S., announced today that Long Beach Ballet has won the 12th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award.
As the winner of the only award that honors live performances of the seasonal classic, Long Beach Ballet will receive a cash prize to go toward education and accessibility programs; the coveted “Nutty” statuette; and is officially named the best-loved Nutcracker in the U.S. for 2018. This production competed in a field of more than 65 nominees to take top honors in the audience-favorite competition.
“This is indeed a great honor to be voted the best of so many great Nutcrackers around the country,” says, Long Beach Ballet, Artistic Director David Wilcox. “This production has been a labor of love for me, my staff, and our wonderful dancers. We all look forward to many more years of magic and beauty!”
This stunning version of Tchaikovsky's classic ballet has been a Southern Californian holiday favorite for more than 30 years. Accompanied by full symphony orchestra, the Long Beach "The Nutcracker" also boasts sparkling sets and costumes, a cast of more than 200, dazzling pyrotechnics and magic effects -- along with a special appearance by Rebel, Long Beach Ballet's gorgeous white Arabian horse. The Long Beach Ballet performs "The Nutcracker" with a full symphony orchestra and is one of only two ballet companies in the country that use two harps for their production to ensure the performance sounds exactly as Tchaikovsky intended it to sound. The Los Angeles Times calls Long Beach Ballet's "The Nutcracker" opulent, family-oriented holiday entertainment," and The Huffington Post raves that it "enchants children and their parents with spectacle and awe."
Born and raised in the Los Angeles area, David Wilcox began studying the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus at the age of 11. Having successfully completed all exams through the Advanced level, he continued his studies in London and at the age of 19 began his professional career in Germany. He spent seven years dancing with the Berlin Ballet, the Nuremberg Ballet and the Heidelberg Ballet. Returning home in 1978, he co-founded Long Beach Ballet and formed a professional company, which became Southern California's most successful ballet company for 15 years. Mr. Wilcox has coached several of his students for international ballet competitions and many have gone on to join such companies as San Francisco Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Milwaukee Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre and others. Over the past several years he has produced and directed eight ballet tours to Asia and has staged three full-length ballets for the Classical Ballet of Guangzhou, China: "The Nutcracker," "La Bayadere," and "Cinderella." He is a prolific choreographer and has created numerous full-length ballets for the school and the company.
For 12 years, the Goldstar National Nutcracker Award has been the only nationwide award for live "Nutcracker"-themed performances, showcasing the astounding quality and variety of "Nutcracker" productions each year -- from classic ballet to hip-hop, burlesque and more. Created by live entertainment ticket seller Goldstar (www.goldstar.com), the competition is based solely on Goldstar purchasers' post-show ratings to rank "Nutcracker" productions in order of audience favorite.
“We’d like to congratulate the entire company and crew on being named best-loved 'Nutcracker' in the U.S.,” says Goldstar CEO Jim McCarthy. “It’s a real testament to their talent, vision and commitment to showcasing a spectacular performance.”
Long Beach Ballet’s "The Nutcracker" will run until December 23 at the Long Beach Terrace Theatre (300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA). Tickets are available on Goldstar here: https://www.goldstar.com/events/long-beach-ca/long-beach-ballet-the-nutcracker.
Celebrating 12 years of the Goldstar National Nutcracker Award. Winners include:
2018 Long Beach Ballet - "The Nutcracker"
2017 Company XIV - "Nutcracker Rouge"
2016 Colorado Ballet - "The Nutcracker"
2015 The Joffrey Ballet - Robert Joffrey’s "The Nutcracker"
2014 MBS Productions - The Beulaville Baptist Book Club Presents: "A Bur-less-Q Nutcracker!"
2013 Debbie Allen Dance Academy - "The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker"
2012 The Joffrey Ballet - Robert Joffrey’s "The Nutcracker"
2011 The Joffrey Ballet - Robert Joffrey’s "The Nutcracker"
2010 Debbie Allen Dance Academy - "The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker"
2009 Boston Ballet - Mikko Nissinen’s "The Nutcracker"
2008 Kirov Ballet - "The Nutcracker"
2007 The House Theater of Chicago - "The Nutcracker"
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