I saw The Nutcracker for the first time as a child, mesmerized by the beauty and grace exhibited by the ballet dancers. The two-act ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was adapted from The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Ironically, the original production was unsuccessful. However, Tchaikovsky extracted a 20-minute segment that gained popularity. Today, the complete ballet is performed around Christmas and follows the story of a toy Nutcracker, that comes alive. After defeating the evil Mouse King in a battle, the Nutcracker takes Clara to a magical kingdom.
The Nutcracker at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts
This season, families can enjoy 12 performances of The Nutcracker at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The ballet is choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky with music performed by the Pacific Symphony. The cast includes students from the American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School at Segerstrom Center and eight additional talented young dancers from Orange County alongside the American Ballet Theatre company. This particular story, with a score by Tchaikovsky, takes young Clara and her Nutcracker Prince on a dreamlike journey.
Performances of The Nutcracker run from December 9 through 18, 2022. Single tickets start at $29 and can be purchased online, via phone (714.556.2787), or in person at the Box office. Right now, you can use the code CM22 to unlock a special buy one, get one 50% offer on The Nutcracker.
American Ballet Theatre
The American Ballet Theatre is one of the greatest dance companies in the world, now recognized as a living national treasure. Each year, the company performs for more than 300,000 people in the US. The company has also performed in 132 cities across 50 countries.
Nutcracker Sweet Seats
Segerstrom Center for the Arts will offer a limited number of exclusive Sweet Seats for the weekend performances of The Nutcracker! These tickets feature prime Orchestra seating and come with a Segerstrom Center keepsake ornament, a The Nutcracker collectible poster, and a delicious holiday cookie.
Holidays Around the World at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Celebrate the holidays at the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza this winter. The celebration takes place on December 10, 2022, and includes a variety of live performances from local music acts and dance groups celebrating holiday traditions from around the world. Kids can also create their own seasonal crafts and experience a sparkling snowfall on the Plaza.
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