This Friday we attended the opening of San Francisco Ballet's fantastic production of The Nutcracker. This the Nutcracker that started it all—the San Francisco Ballet presented the first full-length performance of The Nutcracker in America way back in 1944—and as usual it didn't disappoint!
Opening night was one of the ballet's family performances. For these special performances, the Opera House opens at 6 pm, one hour prior to the 7 pm curtain time, and the first 500 children in the door received a cute teddy bear as a gift. In the lobby, costumed performers from the Nutcracker cast were on hand to greet children and for family photo opportunities.
When we entered the lobby of San Francisco's War Memorial Opera House, we were in awe of the magnificent Christmas tree, lights, and the incredible holiday decor in the building. Costumed ballet performers were on hand for photos, too! This was all great, but we were excited to go in to take our seats and see the production.