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2018 Nutcracker Performances in Orange County

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The Land of Sweets is coming to you! Discover all the Nutcracker productions bringing a bit of holiday magic to Orange County.

American Ballet Theatre Performance of The Nutcracker
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA

The ballet will perform December 14th through the 23rd. Tickets – Start at $29.

“This Nutcracker is cracking good!” raved the New York Post when American Ballet Theatre premiered this delectable holiday favorite. As the lights dim and Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score fills the air, young Clara enters a dreamlike journey amid magical toy soldiers, mischievous mice, sparkling snowflakes and a glittering Christmas tree! With an impressive cast of more than 100 performers, ABT’s The Nutcracker features set and costumes by Richard Hudson (Tony Award winner, The Lion King), with choreography by ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky. The Orange County Register praised it as a “… colorful, cinematic creation filled with spectacle, humor and eye-popping costumes.”

The Nutcracker: Beloved Holiday Dance Favorite
Plummer Auditorium
201 E. Chapman Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832

The American Pacific Ballet Company once again charms young and old alike this holiday season with a production of The Nutcracker. Featuring choreography by Mignon Furman, this beloved seasonal favorite is chock-full of lively children, scampering mice, beautiful dancers and more, not to mention a thrilling battle, magical transformations, a mysteriously “growing” Christmas tree, and delicately falling snow. Yuriko Kajiya and Jared Matthews, principals with the Houston Ballet, will perform the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.

The Nutcracker: Holiday Classic From Coast City Ballet
Huntington Beach Historical Theater
1905 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Experience the magic of dance at Coast City Ballet’s annual production of this famed holiday favorite featuring students, company members and guests artists from throughout California, with dazzling sets, colorful costumes and Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. Choreographed and directed by Clara D’Autilia, this glittering tale follows young Clara, who receives the gift of a nutcracker at a festive family Christmas party. That night she dreams of a grand adventure that begins with a handsome prince, continues with an epic battle between mice and toys, and comes to a climax with a magical journey to the Land of Sweets where Clara meets the Sugar Plum Fairy and dancers from foreign lands.

The Nutcracker: The Anaheim Ballet’s Holiday Treat
City National Grove of Anaheim
2200 E. Katella Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92806

The Anaheim Ballet gets the holiday season off to a sparkling start with its annual production of Tchaikovsky’s timeless dance, with live accompaniment by Symphony Irvine. From towering Christmas trees to menacing mice and more, this version of the quintessential family favorite is always updated to bring fresh thrills to audiences at the City National Grove of Anaheim, who can’t help but get wrapped up in the magical story of young Clara. She dreams that her new toy nutcracker soldier has come to life, and together they experience a fantastical adventure that leads them through an epic battle with the Mouse King to reach the Sugar Plum Fairy’s magical Kingdom of Sweets.

The Nutcracker: Tustin Dance Center’s 15th Annual Holiday Production
Plummer Auditorium
201 E. Chapman Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832

Join us this holiday season as the lights fade, the music swells, snowflakes fall, flowers waltz, and a young girl dreams about a magical sweet-filled world in the charming and magical The Nutcracker. Tustin Dance Center is pleased to delight both young and old again this holiday season with its 15th annual production of this timeless ballet. Dozens of ballerinas and dance students of all ages are sure to entertain you at historic Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton.

Long Beach Ballet’s The Nutcracker With Full Symphony Orchestra
Long Beach Performing Arts Center, Terrace Theater
300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802

This stunning version of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet by artistic director David Wilcox has been a Southern Californian holiday favorite for over 30 years years. Accompanied by full symphony orchestra, the Long Beach Nutcracker also boasts sparkling sets and costumes, a cast of over 200, dazzling pyrotechnics and magic effects — along with a special appearance by Rebel, Long Beach Ballet’s gorgeous white Arabian horse. The Los Angeles Times calls Long Beach Ballet’s The Nutcracker “opulent, family-oriented holiday entertainment,” and The Huffington Post raves that it “enchants children and their parents with spectacle and awe.”

The Hip Hop Nutcracker With Guest MC Kurtis Blow
Long Beach Performing Arts Center, Terrace Theater
300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802

A holiday mashup for the entire family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is an internationally touring contemporary work set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. The Hip Hop Nutcracker will feature MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop’s founding fathers, opening the show with a short set before rapping the introduction. Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a full-length production performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, DJ and an electric violinist. Through the spells cast by the mysterious Drosselmeyer, Maria-Clara and her prince, Myron, travel back in time to the moment when her parents first meet in a nightclub. Digital scenery transforms E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story of a palace of sugarplums into a romance set in 1980s Brooklyn. The dance work celebrates love, community and the magic of New Year’s Eve, and is coming to the Long Beach Performing Arts Center.

Pacific Symphony: The Duke’s Jazzy Nutcracker
Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Duke Ellington’s dazzling re-imagining of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker is sure to jazz up your holiday season, as conductor Carl St. Clair and the Pacific Symphony bring swing to the stage at the Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa. Along with selections from Tchaikovsky’s original ballet, you’ll groove to the Duke’s take on “Sugar Rum Cherry” and “Dance of the Floreadors” too. German pianist Markus Groh guest solos on Brahms’ dramatic Piano Concerto No. 2, and this festive concert kicks off with Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.

The Nutcracker: Holiday Favorite From Festival Ballet Theatre
Irvine Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Drive
Irvine, CA 92612

It just isn’t the holidays without The Nutcracker, which leaps to magical life on the Irvine Barclay Theatre stage complete with beautiful fairies, handsome princes and a lovely young lady on her way to the Sugar Candy Kingdom. Audiences of all ages will enjoy the magical story of Clara, who dreams that her new toy nutcracker has come to life. Together, they experience a fantastic adventure that leads them through an epic battle with the Rat King to the Sugar Plum Fairy’s magical Land of Sweets. Choreographed and directed by artistic director Salwa Rizkalla and featuring world-renowned guest artists performing alongside the professional company’s dancers, Tchaikovsky’s extravagant score comes to life in a glittering production that will enchant all watchers.

Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

After seeing The Nutcracker at one of these local theatre’s, bring your children to see Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms in theaters now! Learn more about The Nutcracker and the Four Realms on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Share your love for the film by using the hashtag #DisneysTheNutcracker.

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