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Festival Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker Ballet


Create holiday memories for your family by sharing the magic of the cherished classic, The Nutcracker, Festival Ballet Theatre’s breathtaking, family-friendly production on Friday, Dec. 21, Saturday, Dec. 22, Sunday, Dec. 23 and Monday, Dec. 24. The show features vibrant scenery and dazzling costumes, which make this age-old tradition, sparkle like new. Get swept away by Tchaikovsky’s iconic score as the Sugar Plum Fairy, the heroine Clara and a cast of hundreds take you on a magical journey to mystical lands.

This traditional full-length production is choreographed and directed by Festival Ballet Theatre’s Artistic Director, Salwa Rizkalla, and features world-renowned guest artists, FBT’s professional company dancers, and exceptional young talent from across the Southland.

This year they will be offering an exceptional seasonal pre-show treat: The Nutcracker Tea Party. While adults sip a glass of champagne, children will be gathered to listen to the story of The Nutcracker and be visited by some of the characters from the ballet. The elegant sit-down tea will be prepared by Chef Laurent Brazier of the beloved Bistro Papillote and now part of White House Catering. The tea will include delicious finger sandwiches, sweet treats, tea, and lemonade. Photo opportunities and a party favor for each guest are included in the Nutcracker Tea Party ticket price.

Esteemed Guest Artists and Performance Dates:
Friday, December 21, at 2 p.m.
Friday, December 21, at 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 22 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, December 22 at 7 p.m.

Sara Mearns – New York City Ballet

Jared Angle – New York City Ballet
Sunday, December 23 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, December 23 at 6 p.m.
Monday, December 24 at 11 a.m.

*Please note: Guest Artists may be subject to change

Age range: 3 and up

Cost: $45-$90

Irvine Barclay Theatre is at 4242 Campus Drive in Irvine. 949.854.4646

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