Tickets start at $75    |  Dec 1, 2022  |  7:30PM - 9:30PM
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center

Debbie Allen Dance Academy (DADA) is proud to present its award-winning production of “Hot Chocolate Nutcracker” this holiday season from December 1 – 4, 2022. On hiatus in 2020 due to the pandemic, documented in the 2020 Netflix movie “Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker,” and presented drive-in style in 2021, this year marks the family spectacular’s highly-anticipated grand return to full production live stage performances.

A charming reimagining of the holiday classic, the story of “Hot Chocolate Nutcracker” starts on Christmas Eve as the Johnsons host a grand party. The Christmas gifts are shared and young Kara receives a Nutcracker filled with her favorite: hot chocolate. She falls asleep and the journey begins when the Nutcracker comes alive!

Three wise cracking mice from New York City – Harvey, Schmink, and Buckey, who go by "The Real Rat Pack" – then take over the story. Kara travels to many new lands of wonder – from Candy Cane Land, Egypt, the Indian Rainforest/Bollywood, to Jazzland, Russia, and the Land of the Kimono Dolls. With dazzling music and costumes – and stunning choreography showcasing jazz, modern dance, hip-hop, and ballet – this is a holiday theater experience that all ages will enjoy.

This year, guests can extend their "Hot Chocolate Nutcracker" experience at Kara's Tea. Held before each matinee performance, the tea includes storytelling with Debbie Allen, catered tea, photos with cast members, and a chance to win the Fairy Queen's pointe shoes.