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320 Star Starred
Irvine Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Drive Irvine, CA 92612
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4.0 / 5 Rated by 8 members
Review from Amanda Fike

The sets for the show were fantastic. The music was good, not too loud or anything. The lighting was also good, followed the dancers nicely. The dancers were just so so. The Snow Queen was by far the best. The costumes were great!

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Review from Cheryl Howard

This is our second time attending the Nutcracker at the Barkley. It is my now 5 year old granddaughters favorite venue.
Easy parking and nice surroundings.
Highly recommend!

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Review from Natalie

This Ballet was Fantastic!
Great sets and costumes! Lots of flash, and well decorated production. The dancing was marvelous! Loved it!!

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Set to the timeless music of Peter Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara, a young girl who receives the gift of a nutcracker soldier from her mysterious godfather.

During the night, magical events unfold: the Christmas tree grows taller, toy soldiers and little mice become larger, and Clara’s nutcracker comes to life. He battles the ferocious Mouse King, and just when it seems all is lost, Clara distracts the Mouse King and saves her beloved nutcracker. Her act of bravery transforms the nutcracker into a handsome Prince who takes Clara on a magical journey to the Kingdom of Sweets, where they are greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy. The Prince tells her about their daring battle with the army of mice and she rewards them with a celebration of dances. As a finale, the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Cavalier dance a beautiful Pas De Deux. Clara awakens from her dream and finds herself by her Christmas tree with her beloved nutcracker.

This full-length, traditional production is choreographed and directed by Festival Ballet Theatre’s Artistic Director Salwa Rizkalla, and features a cast of professional dancers along with more than 100 Southern California children.

Select performances feature internationally acclaimed guest artists from American Ballet Theatre: Irina Dvorovenko and "Maxim Beloserkovsky ": 10 & 11).

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