S.F. Ballet 'Nutcracker' goes global 

The San Francisco Ballet, America's oldest ballet company celebrating its 75th birthday, is about to become the country's first to show a filmed production of its "Nutcracker" in movie theaters in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Officials made the announcement this morning. It's the latest entry in the shrinking world of digital media in which New York’s Metropolitan Opera simulcasts circle the globe, San Francisco Opera's "Samson et Delilah" is seen in a ballpark, and filmed La Scala performances can be watched in Napa.

Ballet Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson's production opens in San Francisco's War Memorial Opera House Dec. 13. It will be captured and presented in high definition and full Surround Sound by Digiscreen Corp. and shown in theaters from Los Angeles to Barcelona starting Dec. 22.

For a list of theaters and show times, visit www.DigiScreen.ca, beginning Monday.

"We are thrilled that 'Nutcracker' will now be seen by such a wide and diverse national and international audience," said Ballet Executive Director Glenn McCoy. "As the first American company to perform 'Nutcracker,' we are also proud to be the first American ballet company to have this holiday favorite run in theaters worldwide."

The Pillar Group, Ltd., a California-based company, and Opus Arte Ltd., owned by the Royal Opera House in London, bring the San Francisco production to the DigiScreen network of theaters. Special prices for families and children under 12 will be offered at most theaters.

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