Children’s Ballet of San Antonio presents 'The Nutcracker'

The Children’s Ballet of San Antonio presents Tchaikovsky’s "The Nutcracker" Dec. 10 and 11 at Lila Cockrell Theater. (Courtesy Alexander Devora Photography/CBSA)
The Children’s Ballet of San Antonio presents Tchaikovsky’s "The Nutcracker" Dec. 10 and 11 at Lila Cockrell Theater. (Courtesy Alexander Devora Photography/CBSA)

The Children’s Ballet of San Antonio presents Tchaikovsky’s "The Nutcracker" Dec. 10 and 11 at Lila Cockrell Theater. (Courtesy Alexander Devora Photography/CBSA)

This year, the Children’s Ballet of San Antonio’s presentation of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” will come complete with a holiday market and photo opportunities with Santa Claus.

The performances of the classic ballet will be held at the Lila Cockrell Theater, 200 E. Market St., at 7 p.m. Dec. 10, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 11. The story follows the journey of Clara’s beloved doll coming to life, condensed in a 90-minute show.

According to a release, CBSA’s program features performers ranging from internationally acclaimed classical dancers to gifted special needs artists ages 3-19.

CBSA is led by Vanessa Bessler, founder and former Prima Ballerina and six-time Youth America Grand Prix Outstanding Teacher award winner.

The release said CBSA has created a gateway for young artists interested in pursuing a professional dance career, with some artists having trained in renowned academies, such as the Royal Ballet School in London, the Bolshoi Ballet in Russia and the School of American Ballet in New York City.



Each ticket includes admission to an on-site holiday market where attendees can browse a selection of dress-up items, including tutus and Sugar Plum Fairy wands, Mouse King swords, and home decor items such as ornaments and nutcrackers, the release said. The market opens one hour before each showtime.

Hair and makeup stylists will offer makeovers. Additionally, Santa and cast members will be on hand for contactless photos on a first-come, first-served basis.

There will also be refreshments, including cocoa, holiday cookies, hot dogs, mini-burgers and popcorn.

Masks are required at the Lila Cockrell Theatre. Hand-washing stations and sanitizer are available on-site.

Admission proceeds and holiday market profits directly benefit the Children’s Ballet of San Antonio. For tickets and more information, visit www.childrensballetofsanantonio.org/productions-and-events.

By Edmond Ortiz
Edmond joined Community Impact as a reporter in August 2021, helping to launch new editions in the San Antonio market. Edmond covers various beats in the North San Antonio coverage area. He previously was the main reporter for Local Community News, covering several areas in and around San Antonio, first as a freelancer and then staff member. Prior to that, Edmond was a community news reporter for Prime Time Newspapers and the San Antonio Express-News, including editing two community weeklies. He's a San Antonio native, and studied mass communications at San Antonio College and Texas State University.