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NutcrackerView – A Modesto Tradition

By Chris Murphy

One of Modesto’s finest traditions is the annual Central West Ballet’s Nutcracker. This is a rite of passage for many a Modesto area dancer, and so may families have been part of the Nutcracker experience. Not only is this is a family and kid friendly performance, in length and design, it is designed to include over 100 performers. This event should not be missed, and the beauty of the Gallo Center lobby is great for Christmas photos.

Special this year, I will get to be a part of this show as I take on the role of Mother Ginger. Yes, this will be a sight to see, but I really want to do a good job and feel honored to be invited to part of this tradition during the December 9th 2 pm matinee. The Nutcracker dates are December 8, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18 Tickets are available at



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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.