December 9 – 24, 2017
A cherished holiday classic, Orange County’s premier ballet company, Festival Ballet Theatre presents the traditional full-length production of The Nutcracker. 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 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.
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**NEW** – Join Us For A Nutcracker Tea Party
We are delighted to offer a very special pre-show event before select performances of The Nutcracker.
Guests will enjoy tea, lemonade, finger sandwiches and sweet treats with Clara herself… champagne for the grown-ups as well. Clara will tell the story of the Nutcracker and talk to her guests about the ballet and her magical adventure. Expect a special appearance by the Nutcracker Prince and his archenemy, the Mouse King, too!
Photo opportunities and a party favor for each guest included. Tea Party begins one-hour prior to show start time in the Irvine Barclay Jade Room.
Cost: $20 addition to regular ticket price – Limited number of tickets available
Performance Dates and Times:
Saturday, December 9, 2017 @ 2:00 and 7:00 pm (Nutcracker Tea Party)
Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 1:00 and 6:00 pm (Nutcracker Tea Party)
Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm (Nutcracker Tea Party)
Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 2:00 and 7:00 pm (Nutcracker Tea Party)
Sunday, December 17, 2017 @ 1:00 and 6:00 pm (Nutcracker Tea Party)
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
Thursday, December 21, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
Friday, December 22, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 23, 2017 @ 2:00 and 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 24, 2017 @ 11:00 AM