The Nutcracker

12/10/2016 - 12/24/2016

In cities around the world, The Nutcracker has become a Christmas holiday tradition, and the holidays are not complete without seeing The Nutcracker live. Festival Ballet Theatre’s breathtaking production features superb colorful sceneries and dazzling costumes, which make this age-old tradition sparkle like new!

Starting with a spectacular 19th century holiday party, the story follows a young girl on a journey to the wondrous Land of Sweets into the Sugarplum Fairy's glorious kingdom. 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.

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 and more than 100 Southern California children.

Guest Artists Announced Soon.

Saturday, December 10, 2016 @ 2:00 PM
Saturday, December 10, 2016 @ 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 11, 2016 @ 1:00 PM
Sunday, December 11, 2016 @ 6:00 PM
Friday, December 16, 2016 @ 7:00 PM
Saturday, December 17, 2016 @ 2:00 PM
Saturday, December 17, 2016 @ 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 18, 2016 @ 6:00 PM
Sunday, December 18, 2016 @ 1:00 PM
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 @ 6:00 PM
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 @ 6:00 PM
Thursday, December 22, 2016 @ 6:00 PM
Friday, December 23, 2016 @ 1:00 PM
Friday, December 23, 2016 @ 6:00 PM
Saturday, December 24, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

Tickets: $42-$55
For group discounts, please call the box office.



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