Shannon Holt, Sandra Tsing Loh and Tony Abatemarco in Sugar Plum Fairy | Photo by Tania Thompson/SCR

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During this season of numerous Nutcrackers, writer and performer Sandra Tsing Loh offers an alternative view of Tchaikovsky’s ballet in a show titled Sugar Plum Fairy, in which she plays a 12-year-old girl who dreams of playing Clara in The Nutcracker.

The story has its roots in Loh’s youth, when her older sister was a great ballet student while she was “the kid who would put a pillowcase on my head and dance to records in the living room.”

Loh left the living room performances behind and embarked on a career as a playwright, actor, radio commentator, educator, and bestselling author. And now, with Sugar Plum Fairy, she’s created a holiday show for all ages which she describes as a “G-rated, Rocky Horror, Yule thing.”

Sandra Tsing Loh’s Sugar Plum Fairy runs through December 23 at the Skylight Theatre, 1816-1/2 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles 90027. Tickets at

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