Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets
December 7th–22nd, 2019, Cowell Theater, Fort Mason
Tickets on sale September 24th
Celebrate the holidays at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture with Mark Foehringer‘s Nutcracker Sweets, a 50-minute production of the classic holiday ballet for families with small children and audiences of all ages. This special production is danced storytelling that is affordable, magical, zany, and fun.
Foehringer uses his choreographic skills in contemporary dance and ballet to craft a show that is sure to thrill dance newcomers and the most jaded balletomane. See all of the favorite Nutcracker characters in beautiful costumes performing on a colorful set with live chamber orchestra music.
Maestro Michael Morgan of Oakland East Bay Symphony serves as Music Director for the nine-piece orchestra. Award-winning scenic designer Peter Crompton provides the set design and Emmy-nominated Richard Battle creates gorgeous costumes. Former ODC dancer Brian Fisher returns as the popular character Drosselmeyer.
Please Note: Babes in arms must also have tickets. Please refer to the Nutcracker Sweets FAQ for more information.
What can I expect to see at a Nutcracker Sweets show?
Audiences can expect to see a unique 50 minute version of the classic ballet Nutcracker specifically designed for families with young children. Families will see live music–a chamber orchestra with 9 musicians–and the return of former ODC dancer, Brian Fisher as Drosselmeyer. Nutcracker Sweets is an affordable, fun and zany rendition of this popular holiday tradition.
How long is the performance?
50 minutes with no intermission.
How early should I arrive at the theater?
At least 30 minutes before the performance. We recommend your plan to arrive an hour early, in case of traffic or parking difficulty, and to have time for the restroom, or to get refreshments.
Can my child sit on my lap
For insurance reasons, all persons MUST have a ticket, but children can sit in their seat, on your lap, or stand in front of their seat. No sitting is allowed in the aisle because the dancers enter and exit through the aisles.
For insurance reasons, all persons must have a ticket, even babes in arms
Can I eat or drink at Nutcracker Sweets?
No food or drink of any kind is allowed in the theater, except for Bottled water. Refreshments will be available for purchase in the lobby. There are several cafes and restaurants in Fort Mason and nearby if you want to eat before or after the show.
Can I bring a stroller or car seat for my child?
Yes, but strollers must be parked in the lobby for safety reasons. They are not allowed inside the theatre. Car seats can be used in your child’s seat, but cannot be placed in the aisles.
What age range is Nutcracker Sweets geared towards?
Nutcracker Sweets is for the child in all of us so it is appropriate for multi-generations. It is made specifically for children with a short attention span so any child would enjoy the performance.
Can I bring a camera and take photographs?
Photographs with the cast members can be taken after the 1pm or 4 pm shows. Please, no photographs, video, cell phones, iPads, or recording of any kind during the performance.
Can my child see if we are in the front row?
The stage is 3 feet above the floor level, so even children in row one should be able to see everything.
How do I get to Fort Mason?
MUNI serves Fort Mason by public bus. See www.sfmta.com/getting-around/muni/routes-stops for trip planning Golden Gate Transit stops about 10 minute walk from Fort Mason. See www.sfmta.com/getting-around/muni/routes-stops for trip planning. BART serves downtown (Market ST) San Francisco. You can use ride hailing apps or MUNI to get to Fort Mason. If you are driving, allow plenty of time because of holiday traffic in The City and parking
Where can I park?
There is very limited free parking right outside of Fort Mason (by the yacht club / marina).Fort Mason has paid parking on campus (inside the gates). Rates are reasonable, and are listed on the Fort Mason website. (Off campus, street Parking is limited to 1 hour, and is strictly enforced.
Where exactly is Cowell Theater located within Fort Mason Center?
Cowell Theater is located at the rear of the Herbst Pavillion within Fort Mason Center. Click here for a map of Fort Mason Center.
Are there group discounts for Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets?
Discounts for groups are not offered. MFDPSF (the dance company presenting Nutcracker Sweets) have set multiple prices depending on the seat that maes the show affordable for all families.