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Irvine Barclay Theater

December 8 – 24, 2018

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.


December 8-9
Teresa Reichlen – New York City Ballet
Ulrik Birkkjaer  – San Francisco Ballet
Saturday, December 8 at 2pm & 7pm
Sunday, December 9 at 1pm

December 14

Tara Ghassemieh – Festival Ballet Theatre Company Dancer
Vitor Luiz – San Francisco Ballet

December 15–16
Maria Kochetkova – former principal of San Francisco Ballet
Vitor Luiz – San Francisco Ballet

Dec 21-22

Beckanne SiskBallet West
Chase O’Connell, Ballet West
Friday, December 21 at 2pm, 7pm
Saturday, December 22 at 2pm, 7pm

Dec 23-24

Sara Mearns, New York City Ballet
Jared Angle, New York City Ballet
Sunday, December 23 at 1pm, 6pm
Monday, December 24 at 11am

*Guest artists may be subject to change