The Nutcracker

November 26, 2022 – 1:00pm & 6:30pm
William Saroyan Theatre



VPAC brings this annual holiday favorite to the Saroyan Theatre. Featuring the students of Fresno Ballet alongside State Street Ballet professional dancers. This is the perfect way to celebrate the magic of the holiday season. Through virtuosic dancing, opulent sets and costumes, and brilliant comedic moments, the beloved story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince delights audiences of all ages. Two performances only!

Artist Director, Yukari Thiesen
Choreography by Rodney Gustafson
Additional Choreography by Marina Fliagina
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

March 18, 2023 – 6:30pm
William Saroyan Theater


William Shakespeare’s comedic tale of mischief, magic, and romance comes to life onstage to the luscious music of Felix Mendelssohn. A story that transcends two worlds, mortals and fairies, it’s a whimsical and humorous homage to the transformative power of love. The dancers are at the height of their technical and dramatic abilities in State Street Ballet’s, Artistic Director Rodney Gustafson’s inventive, playful, and concise choreography, while beautifully designed sets and costumes make this a visually stunning production.

This program also features choreographer Kassandra Taylor Newberry’s awe-inspiring Fold, which first dazzled Santa Barbara audiences in 2018. In her signature quirky and virtuosic style, this perfect caricature of an underground poker game unfolds brilliantly before your eyes. SSB Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer William Soleau will be premiering a new work created especially for this program, making this an exceptionally diverse evening of classical and contemporary dance.