I saw The Nutcracker as a young girl one holiday season, thus launching my short stint into ballet and my love for performing arts. While Tchaikovsky’s ballet is performed by countless companies across the globe, the production at the Irvine Barclay Theatre is unique in that it offers an experience for the entire family.
Consideration provided by the Irvine Barclay Theatre.
Inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker was not initially a success. But his 20-minute “suite” extracted from the ballet was what ultimately led to its success.
The Nutcracker tells the story of a girl named Clara, who befriends a nutcracker that comes to life on Christmas Eve and wages a battle against the evil Mouse King.
Festival Ballet Theatre
This will be our first visit to the Festival Ballet Theatre, and I am excited to introduce my daughter to this beautiful, iconic, holiday classic.
The Festival Ballet Theatre is a nonprofit organization founded in 1988 by Salwa Rizkalla. The mission of the theatre is to enrich Orange County’s artistic and economic vitality, to inspire love and appreciation for dance, and to invigorate ballet.
Throughout the season, the theatre presents classical and contemporary performances and offers stimulating educational outreach programs.
The Nutcracker at the Festival Ballet Theatre
The Nutcracker will perform December 7-24, 2019 in a breathtaking production featuring colorful scenery and dazzling costumes. The production is set to Tchaikovsky’s traditional, iconic score and features world-renowned guest artists, FBT’s professional company dancers, exceptional young talent from across the Southland, and a cast of more than 200 Southern California children. The production is family friendly and perfect for children of all ages.
Be swept away by Tchaikovsky’s iconic score as the Sugar Plum Fairy, our heroine Clara, and a cast of hundreds take you on a magical journey to mystical lands.
The Nutcracker will perform at the Irvine Barclay Theatre which is located at the follow address:
4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, CA 92612
For additional information, visit TheBarclay.org.
Pre-Show Nutcracker Tea Party
Prior to select performances of The Nutcracker, guests will enjoy tea, lemonade, finger sandwiches and sweet treats with Clara, including champagne for the grown-ups. Clara will join in as the story of the Nutcracker ballet and the magical adventure is told. Expect a special appearance by the Nutcracker Prince and his archenemy, the Mouse King, too! Photo opportunities and a party favor for each guest included. The elegant sit-down tea will be prepared by Chef Laurent of White House Catering. The tea party will be held at Barclay’s Jade Room.
The cost is an additional $30 for adults and seniors and an additional $25 for students and children under 21.
TEA PARTY START TIME
Saturday, December 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm (PARTY START TIME: 6PM)
Sunday, December 8, 2019 @ 1:00 (PARTY START TIME: 12PM)
Saturday, December 14, 2019 @ 2:00 and 7:00 pm (PARTY START TIME: 1PM & 6PM)
Sunday, December 15, 2019 @ 1:00 and 6:00 pm (PARTY START TIME: 12PM & 5PM)
Saturday, December 21, 2019 @ 2:00 and 7:00 pm (PARTY START TIME: 1PM & 6PM)
Sunday, December 22, 2019 @ 1:00 and 6:00 pm (PARTY START TIME: 12PM & 5PM)
Monday, December 23, 2019 @ 6:00 pm (PARTY START TIME: 5PM)
Tuesday, December 24, 2019 @ 11am (PARTY START TIME: 10am)
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.festivalballet.org.