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Festival Ballet Theatre Presents The Nutcracker


A cherished holiday classic, Orange County’s premier ballet company, Festival Ballet Theatre presents the traditional full-length production of The Nutcracker at the Irvine Barclay Theatre from December 10th-24th. This family-friendly classical ballet dazzles audiences of all ages. Children, adults and the young at heart will enjoy The Nutcracker’s colorful scenery, magnificent costumes and sensational dancing.

From the warmth of the Stahlbaum home to the magical Land of the Sweets, homegrown talented company dancers, children from across Southern California and famed guest artists such as Yuan Yuan Tan, Tiit Helimets, Maria Kochetkova and Vitor Luiz from San Francisco Ballet, Sara Mearns and Jared Angle from New York City Ballet and former American Ballet Theatre principals Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky are sure to create sweet holiday memories for your family.

Action, adventure, excitement, and grandeur combine to make this a charming, swiftly paced entertainment as the Sugar Plum Fairy, heroine Clara, and a cast of hundreds take you and your family on a magical journey.


This holiday celebration features dancing toys, mischievous mice, sparkling snowflakes and waltzing flowers. The beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier are a highlight of Clara’s adventure – FBT’s spectacular guest artists will dance this bravura pas de deux:

Yuan Yuan Tan – San Francisco Ballet
Tiit Helimets – San Francisco Ballet

Saturday, December 10, 2016 @ 2:00 PM
Saturday, December 10, 2016 @ 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 11, 2016 @ 1:00 PM
Sunday, December 11, 2016 @ 6:00 PM

Maria Kochetkova – San Francisco Ballet
Vitor Luiz – San Francisco Ballet
Friday, December 16, 2016 @ 7:00 PM
Saturday, December 17, 2016 @ 2:00 PM

Sara Mearns – New York City Ballet
Jared Angle – New York City Ballet
Saturday, December 17, 2016 @ 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 18, 2016 @ 6:00 PM
Sunday, December 18, 2016 @ 1:00 PM

Irina Dvorovenko – Former American Ballet Theatre Principal
Maxim Beloserkovsky – Former American Ballet Theatre Principal
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 @ 6:00 PM
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 @ 6:00 PM
Thursday, December 22, 2016 @ 6:00 PM
Friday, December 23, 2016 @ 1:00 PM
Friday, December 23, 2016 @ 6:00 PM
Saturday, December 24, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

The Festival Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker at the Irvine Barclay Theatre (Dec 10-24) Tickets range from $42 – $55 and are available online.

Photos courtesy of Dave Friedman

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