International Ballet Stars Dance in Festival Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker
Create holiday memories for your family by sharing the magic of the cherished classic, The Nutcracker.
4242 Campus Drive, Irvine CA
www.thebarclay.org | 949.854.4646
Saturday, December 8 at 2:00pm; 7:00pm
Sunday, December 9 at 1:00pm
Friday, December 14 at 7:00pm
Saturday, December 15 at 2:00pm; 7:00pm
Sunday, December 16 at 1:00pm; 6:00pm
Friday, December 21 at 2:00pm; 7:00pm
Saturday, December 22 at 2:00pm; 7:00pm
Sunday, December 23 at 1:00pm; 6:00pm
Monday, December 24 at 11:00am
Tickets: $45 - $60
FAMILY NIGHT: Friday, December 14, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
Save $10 per ticket when purchasing four or more tickets. Discount will automatically apply at checkout.
Celebrating 30 years of artistic excellence, Festival Ballet Theatre (FBT), Orange County’s resident professional ballet company, will present the family favorite production of The Nutcracker, December 8 - 24, 2018 at Irvine Barclay Theatre in Irvine, California.
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, dancing toys, mischievous mice, sparkling snowflakes, waltzing flowers 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.
The beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy will be danced by: Tara Ghassemieh (Festival Ballet Theatre), Maria Kochetkova (former San Francisco Ballet), Sara Mearns (New York City Ballet), Teresa Reichlen (New York City Ballet) and Beckanne Sisk (Ballet West). The handsome Cavalier will be danced by: Jared Angle (New York City Ballet), Ulrik Birkkjaer (San Francisco Ballet), Vitor Luiz (San Francisco Ballet) and Chase O’Connell (Ballet West).
Festival Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker is made even more magical with sets and costumes by Simon Pastukh and Galina Solovyeva.
Esteemed Guest Artists and Performance Dates
Teresa Reichlan – New York City Ballet
Ulrik Birkkjaer – San Francisco Ballet
Tara Ghassemieh – Festival Ballet Theatre Company Dancer
Vitor Luiz – San Francisco Ballet
Maria Kochetkova – former principal of San Francisco Ballet
Vitor Luiz – San Francisco Ballet
December 21– 22
Beckanne Sisk – Ballet West
Chase O'Connell – Ballet West
Sara Mearns – New York City Ballet
Jared Angle – New York City Ballet
Guest Artists subject to change.
Nutcracker Tea Party
(Limited number of tickets available)
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 will be prepared by Chef Laurent of White House Catering and include delicious finger sandwiches, sweet treats, tea and lemonade.
Photo opportunities and a party favor for each guest included.
Party is held at the Barclay's Jade Room.
Please check the website for The Nutcracker Tea Party times.
Adults & Seniors - additional $30 (select "Adult w/Tea" or "Senior w/Tea" from dropdown menu)
Students & Children Under 21 - additional $25 (select "Under 21 w/Tea" from dropdown menu)
Nutcracker Luncheon Fundraiser
Sunday, December 2nd at 11:00 am
Where: Waterfront Hilton Beach Resort in Huntington Beach, California.
For information on tickets and events around The Nutcracker, please visit www.festivalballet.org.
Nutcracker Outreach Events
Throughout November and December, Festival Ballet Theatre will be collaborating with the following organizations to present community Nutcracker holiday events:
Dawson Cole, Laguna Beach Boys & Girls Club
Newport Beach Library
Pacific Symphony Orchestra
Festival Ballet Theatre is a nonprofit organization founded in 1988 by Salwa Rizkalla. Its mission is to enrich Orange County’s artistic and economic vitality, to inspire love and appreciation for dance, and to invigorate ballet by:
• Presenting a season of exhilarating classical and contemporary performances
• Providing a nurturing environment for dancers and choreographers
• Offering stimulating educational outreach programs
About Salwa Rizkalla, Artistic Director
Artistic Director Salwa Rizkalla has contributed to the Orange County community for more than 30 years by presenting excellence in dance performance through Festival Ballet Theatre and providing top-tier classical ballet training at Southland Ballet Academy.
During her professional dancing career, Ms. Rizkalla graced the stage in leading roles in well-known classical ballets as well as contemporary pieces. She had the privilege of working under the direction of world-renowned choreographers Leonid Lavrovsky and Serge Lifar. As a young dancer, Ms. Rizkalla trained in the Vaganova method and studied with Russian ballet masters. As the culmination of her training, Ms. Rizkalla completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ballet Pedagogy. She established Southland Ballet Academy in 1983 and debuted Festival Ballet Theatre in 1988. In addition to teaching and directing, Ms. Rizkalla was a faculty member of several area institutions.
Many arts organizations have recognized her service. The Orange County Music and Arts Administrators and Orange County Performing Arts Center jointly presented her the Orange County Arts Educator of the Year Award for Secondary Dance (2003); Youth America Grand Prix awarded Ms. Rizkalla Outstanding Teacher accolades since its inception; and Arts Orange County recognized Ms. Rizkalla with the Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award (2014). Ms. Rizkalla was named one of OC’s 100 Most Influential in 2017 by the OC Register.
Ms. Rizkalla has been honored to impact the lives of hundreds of students and their families through her teaching. She is proud to be a dedicated educator, an energetic promoter of the arts, and an active participant in the cultural life of her community.
About Irvine Barclay Theatre
Since opening its doors in 1990, Irvine Barclay Theatre has emerged as one of California's most imaginative performing arts showcases. A unique collaborative venture among the City of Irvine, the University of California, Irvine, and the private sector, the theatre has a reputation for wide-ranging programming in the fields of contemporary dance, music, and theater arts. Performances take place in the 750-seat "jewel box" theatre which is renowned for its intimate atmosphere and superb acoustics. Visit www.thebarclay.org to learn about our exciting new season!