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Irvine Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Drive Irvine, CA 92612
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Lots of food choices right across the street. Try the Veggie Grill!
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The whole thing is only an hour so park across the street and not in the parking structure, where you have to pay $10..
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"Nutcracker: Ballet for Children"
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4.8 average rating
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10 reviews
3 stars
attended Dec 09 2010

Great event for kids, I took a toddler and it worked out well for us. Some children got a little bored and restless there, but overall, it was fun. The venue really has no bad seating, its open seating with the exception of the first rows through...continued

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2 stars
attended Dec 09 2010

What a perfect way to introduce children to The Nutcracker! It was just the right length for the show (1 hour) and the narration helped children understand the storyline. It had open seating as the previous review stated, and I believe all seats...continued

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Come celebrate the beauty and pageantry of the holidays with Festival Ballet Theatre Company’s annual production of the beloved ballet, The Nutcracker at The Irvine Barclay Theatre.

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: Gillian Murphy and Gennadi Saveliev (Dec. 11 & 12), and Irina Dvorovenko and Jose Manuel Carreno (Dec. 17, 18 & 19). Celebrated guest artists Ashley Ellis and George Birkadze from Corella Ballet are featured at the December 21 – 24 performances.