Ventura County Ballet Celebrates 20th Annual Performance of The Nutcracker with a Whole New Look

The Ventura County Ballet revamps their classic holiday performances with custom backdrops from world-renowned Russian artist Yuri Samodurov

(VENTURA COUNTY)  Ventura County Ballet, Ventura County’s premiere regional ballet celebrates its 20th year anniversary of performing Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker with new scenic backdrops from internationally-recognized Russian artist Yuri Samodurov.

The Ventura County Ballet received a generous grant from the VCCF Smith Hobson Foundation, which provided funds for new, hand-painted sets for their annual performance of The Nutcracker. New designs include a complete set of backdrops for the prologue, snow, Candyland, and Christmas tree. These picturesque sets were created in Russia by prominent Russian artist Yuri Samodurov, and will be spectacularly unveiled opening day Dec. 1st

Samodurov and his crew are globally-acclaimed artists based in Perm, Russia, where he has studied the history of theatrical-decorative art and the achievements of Russian and foreign experts in the field of stage design, technique, and technology for 28 years.  He is currently based at The Perm Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theatre. This legendary theatre, often called “Tchaikovsky’s House,” is one of the oldest theaters in the country and hosts some of the most famous ballet companies in all of Russia.

“We are delighted to reveal the addition of these beautiful backdrops for our 20th anniversary holiday performances,” said Kathleen Noblin, Founder and Executive Director of Ventura County Ballet. “Our whole team is inspired to have such international and professional talents of art and dance come to our little beach town in Ventura.”

Guests who wish to experience the new face of The Nutcracker can purchase tickets at

Performances will be at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard on December 2nd  and 3rd at 2 p.m. and again at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center, 4700 Loma Vista on December 7th at 7 p.m., December 8th at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. and December 9th at 2 p.m.

Event Information:

What: Ventura County Ballet presents The Nutcracker


Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way: Saturday December 1st at 2 p.m. and Sunday December 2nd at 2 p.m.

Ventura College Performing Arts Center, 4700 Loma Vista Road (at Seton Hall): Friday December 7th at 7 p.m., Saturday December 8th at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. and Sunday December 9th at 2 p.m.


Oxnard Performing Arts Center: Tickets prices start at $9.50. Child, military & senior discounts available. There is a special on children’s tickets for only $9.50.

Ventura College Performing Arts Center: Tickets are priced from $20. Child, military and senior discounts available.

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About the Ventura County Ballet Company and Ballet Academy Ventura:

Celebrating its 20th year, the Ventura County Ballet features professional dancers as well as VCB pre-professionals and students from Ballet Academy Ventura, the official school of the VCB.

Kathleen Noblin, a recipient of the City of Ventura 2008 Mayor’s Arts Award, founded Ballet Academy Ventura in 1992 as the official school of the Ventura County Ballet where the company is in residence. She has served as executive director of the company since its inception. VCB strives to connect artists, audience and community with artistically engaging performances. VCB features national and international ballet stars performing alongside pre-professionals and students, which provides unique training, production experience and mentorship for the next generation of dancers. For more information and for tickets, visit


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