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Irvine Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Drive Irvine, CA 92612
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4.8 / 5 Rated by 4 members
Review from lmc

The show was wonderful. The dancers were amazing and the set was beautiful. I loved every minute, but my 4 year old got a little antsy around the 45 minute mark. It really is a must see if you have young children and a great way to introduce...continued

reviewed Dec 09 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Rachel G.

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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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.

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