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Festival Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker

Dec. 9-24, 2023

Presented by Festival Ballet Theatre

Salwa Rizkalla, artistic director

A cherished holiday classic, perfect for all ages. Create holiday memories for your family by sharing in the magic of The Nutcracker.

Festival Ballet Theatre’s family-friendly, breathtaking production features superb, colorful scenery and dazzling costumes, which make this age-old tradition sparkle like new. 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. This full-length traditional production is choreographed and directed by Festival Ballet Theatre’s Artistic Director, Salwa Rizkalla, and features world-renowned guest artists, FBT’s professional company dancers, and exceptional young talent from across the Southland.

Guest Artists

Dec. 9 & 10: Sasha De Sola - San Francisco Ballet & Wei Wang, San Francisco Ballet

Dec. 16 &17: Jeraldine Mendoza - Joffrey Ballet & Dylan Gutierrez - Joffrey Ballet

Dec. 21 & 22: Tiler Peck - New York City Ballet & Roman Mejia - New York City Ballet 

To Be Announced
Saturday, December 23 at 1pm
Saturday, December 23 at 6pm
Sunday, December 24 at 11am

Nutcracker Tea Party

Attendees of The Nutcracker ballet production may purchase an additional, very special holiday treat... tickets to the pre-show Tea Party!

While adults sip a glass of champagne, children will be gathered to listen to the story of The Nutcracker and be visited by some of the characters from the ballet. The elegant sit-down tea includes delicious finger sandwiches, sweet treats, tea and lemonade. Photo opportunities and a party favor are included for each guest.

To purchase tickets, please select the "with Tea" option in the dropdown menu on your seat choice during the ordering process. 

Nutcracker Tea Parties take place in the Barclay's exclusive Jade Room one hour before the performance.

*Please note that the food and beverage items served at the Tea may include allergens. In an effort to accommodate each and every guest safely, please let ticket agents know of any allergy concerns at the time of purchase. 

In many cases, the Teas are limited inventory or sold out at this time. Please contact the Box Office at 949.854.4646 to inquire about current availability.

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