Pamela Hayes Classical Ballet Theatre to present fun, frothy, fantastical ‘Nutcracker’

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Allyn Ginns (center) is featured as Clara in the Pamela Hayes Classical Ballet Theatre production of “The Nutcracker.”

"I like to keep it fresh," says Pamela Hayes Classical Ballet Theatre Artistic Director Pamela Hayes about her annual "Nutcracker" productions, the latest of which debuts Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at Folsom Lake College’s Harris Center for the Performing Arts (aka Three Stages).

She also likes to keep the classic Tchaikovsky ballet funny, infusing the fantasy with frolicsome bits of stage business and comic choreography that distinguishes it from other "Nutcrackers," as does the company’s casting choice of a more mature Clara.

Former PHCB student Allyn Ginns returns this year to play the young girl whose gift of a toy nutcracker from the mysterious Herr Drosselmeyer (guest artist Michael Onstad) leads her into a magical adventure involving a trip to a snowy wonderland, and to the delightful Land of Sweets where she’s entertained by an international cast of exotic characters.

Pamela Hayes Classical Ballet Theatre presents “The Nutcracker” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23.

Single tickets, priced at $15 to $26, are available by calling (916) 608-6888, or online at For more information, visit

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Guest artist Michael Onstad plays Herr Drosselmeyer in the PHCB production of “The Nutcracker” (Dec. 21-23).

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