PFB In The News - The Nutcracker (2013)


Pacific Festival Ballet's 20th season of The Nutcracker was one of our most successful ever, and we received unprecedented media exposure from across Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. In fact, our performance was mentioned in LA Parent, Los Angeles Theater, Red Tricycle, BeachCalifornia, and Mommy Poppins, just to name a few. 

What's more, newspapers in Los Angeles, Malibu, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Oak Park and Camarillo all turned up to share the heart-warming, behind-the-scenes stories that made our performances special. 

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Malibu Surfside News

Malibu residents dance holiday classic in Thousand Oaks
As the article states, "Malibu resident Sofia Rochin has ballet in her blood. Sofia's mother, Deborah Collodel, and father, Eric Rochin, were both professional dancers before moving onto other careers in real estate and architecture. But it was Sofia who insisted, at seven years old, that she follow in her parents' footsteps." 

Malibu Times 

Malibu Seen: 'Tis the Season
Sofia Rochin and her father, Eric, feature again in this write up that also includes all of the Malibu residents that make Pacific Festival Ballet's Nutcracker what it is.  

Ventura County Star 

Second chances: Abandoned at birth in China, 13-year-old now set to star as Clara in Pacific Festival Ballet's The Nutcracker.The Star'sCommunity section featured the touching story of Leili Rackow, who performed as Clara on December 21, 2013.

Your guide to local holiday events: More than one way to crack a nut.
Ventura County has a lot to offer families throughout the holiday season. The Star's write up of Pacific Festival Ballet's 20th season of The Nutcracker (which included a photo of Leili Rackow, Clara for the Saturday, December 21 performances) helped us share what makes spending a day at the theatre with Pacific Festival Ballet so unique.

'Nutcracker' Star Leili Rackow.
Ballet is an art that must be seen to be appreciated. The Star's photo gallery, which featured images of Leili as Clara, her Nutcracker Prince, Chasen Greenwood, and her adoptive Agoura Hills family, offers just a glimpse of the magic that is Pacific Festival Ballet's annual performance.

From the orphanage to the stage, 'Nutcracker' star is living her dream.
Not every production gets featured in a major newspaper three times in one season. But then again, not every production bears the signature style that Pacific Festival Ballet is known for. In any event, we were excited and honored that the Star chose to feature us once again in its Time Out section on Friday, December 20, 2013.

Los Angeles Daily News 

This article on Leili Rackow and Chasen Greenwood (Clara and the Nutcracker Prince on December 21, 2013), plus New York City Ballet principal dancers Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild (The Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier, all performances) took our media coverage to an entirely new readership that covered all of Los Angeles County. 

The Acorn 

Child's long road leads to success
Leili's story captured the hearts of local editors, too, as evidenced in this write up from The Acorn, a paper that serves residents of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Oak Park and Westlake Village.