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The Secret Garden Ballet presented by Festival Ballet Theater

We attended as guests of the venue.

Secret Garden Ballet FBT

To top off a perfect Mother-Daughter Sunday afternoon, we recently attended The Secret Garden ballet preformed by Festival Ballet Theater at the Irvine Barclay Theater.

Secret Garden Ballet FBT

Festival Ballet Theater (FBT) is one of Orange County’s premier accomplished professional ballet companies. Their mission is to enrich Orange County’s artistic and economic vitality, to inspire love and appreciation for dance, and to invigorate ballet. FBT produced a beautiful rendition of the classic tale, The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The story’s main themes of loss, hope, dreams and transformation are masterfully relayed through innovative choreography, original cinematic score, and multimedia design.

Located in the heart of the University of California, Irvine, the Barclay Theater is a quaint, small-scale venue perfect for an intimate feel of a production.  It is small enough so that every seat in the house has a good view of the stage, and perfect for kids because they can experience that up close and personal feel of a production.

My girls, ages seven and four, absolutely loved this production of The Secret Garden.  I am always a bit surprised, especially by the younger one’s rapt attention to theatrical productions, but their enthusiasm just proves how enrapturing live theater was, is, and always will be. There is something more captivating about watching a real life ballerina, actress, singer, or the like, live out their passion on stage; it is a performance that, in my opinion, television simply will never be able to rival, and for this fact, among many others, I love to expose my kids to it.

The Secret Garden FBT

FBT’s 2016-17 Season continues with their production of the beloved classic The Nutcracker in December, and another all time favorite, Don Quixote, in March. For more information, or to order tickets, please visit The Barclay Theater.

The Secret Garden FBT


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