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Nov 9 - Dec 31, 2023

Monterey Peninsula Ballet Theatre Corp


Fostering the passion and development of local youth through the performing arts, where talents and life skills may grow in an inspiring and nurturing environment.

The Big Idea

For seven years, the Monterey Peninsula Ballet Theatre (“MPBT”) has gathered over 110 boys and girls each year to learn, rehearse, and perform the Nutcracker for Monterey County. Dancers from local elementary, middle, and high schools and home school cooperatives dedicate themselves to perfecting their parts and embracing their role as integral cast members, culminating in four performances for 2,800 audience members. The Nutcracker comes alive through their dedication, passion, commitment, and joyous expression. Staging this production requires more than 300 hours over 10 weekends. MPBT’s Artistic Director, choreographers, instructors, costumer, set designers, production teams, and community volunteers are critical to its success. Most importantly, this collective team guides, supports, encourages, and celebrates the hard work and successes of all the young artists participating. Providing operational support allows these youth to follow their passions, develop their confidence, and deepen their love (and ours) for the arts on the Monterey Peninsula.

The discipline, perseverance, and artistry instilled in me during my time at Monterey Peninsula Ballet Theater have helped me grow into the person I am today. Being a part of the organization has taught me the value of hard work, the importance of teamwork, and the transformative power of expressing oneself through movement. MPBT’s impact on my life extends far beyond the dance studio, it has taught me invaluable life lessons and provided a foundation that has allowed me to be confident in myself and my abilities in both my personal and professional life. I am truly grateful for the experiences I have gained at MPBT and wish that all dancers are able to have a similar experience in their dance education.

- Natalie Lobo