Irvine Barclay Theatre hosts Festival Ballet Theatre’s production of “The Nutcracker” beginning Dec. 10 and running through Christmas Eve. The full-length traditional production is choreographed and directed by Festival Ballet Theatre’s artistic director, Salwa Rizkalla, and features professional guest performances by dancers from San Francisco Ballet, New York City Ballet, and former American Ballet Theater principals.
Speaking of ABT, the world-renowned ballet company will be appearing at Segerstrom Center for the Arts this month with what is perhaps the region’s most prestigious Nutcracker performance. Featuring Orange County favorite Misty Copeland among the principals appearing on different nights, the ballet also features students from ABT William J. Gillespie School.
Though the production is in Fullerton, you’re certain to see Irvine residents dance in American Pacific Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” on Dec. 3 and 4, including those in the image above.
The company and its ballet school draw mainly from Irvine, Tustin, Orange, and Santa Ana, and the production is a full-length classic version of “The Nutcracker,” with choreography by the late Mignon Furman, and ballet-trained children dancing the children’s parts.