Irvine Barclay Theatre

Follow Alice’s Journey Down the Rabbit Hole and into a World of Delightful Adventure, Colorful Fun and Outrageous Fantasy.

Festival Ballet Theatre Launches the 2017-18 Season with Alice in Wonderland at Irvine Barclay Theatre.

Irvine Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Drive, Irvine CA | 949.854.4646

Saturday, October 14, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
Sunday, October 15, 2017 @ 2:00 PM
Tickets: $39-$45

Fountain Valley, Calif., Sept. 29, 2017 – Festival Ballet Theatre (FBT), Orange County’s resident professional ballet company, launches its 2017-18 season with the full-length ballet, Alice in Wonderland.

With masterful dancing and a delightful charm, Alice in Wonderland takes families on a heart-racing adventure. Lewis Carroll's classic tale comes magically to life with all your favorite characters - the lovable White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, and the infamous Queen of Hearts. Take a journey down the Rabbit Hole, into Wonderland Garden and through the Mad Hatter's Tea Party, all adorned with whimsical sets, wildly realistic masks and colorful costumes. Choreographed by Emmy Award-winning choreographer Robert Sund to Jean Sibelius' lyrical melodies, Alice in Wonderland is an enchanting adventure that will delight children and adults alike.

Part of Festival Ballet Theatre Series and Family Events Series

Festival Ballet Theatre’s 2017-2018 season also includes the perennial family, holiday favorite, The Nutcracker, the captivating classic comic ballet, Coppélia, and the 11th Annual Gala of the Stars.

Season Subscription Discount: $5 per ticket and reduced service charges

December 9-24, 2017

Learn more about The Nutcracker Tea Party by clicking here.

Saturday, March 24 at 7pm
Sunday, March 25 at 2pm


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

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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 Russian Vaganova method and studied with ballet masters of the Bolshoi and the Kirov. 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, including Goldenwest College and the Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts.

Many arts organizations have recognized her service. The Orange County Music and Arts Administrators and Orange County Performing Arts Center jointly named her the Orange County Arts Educator of the Year for Secondary Dance (2003); Youth America Grand Prix awarded Ms. Rizkalla Outstanding Teacher accolades (2002, 2004, 2005, and 2012); and Arts Orange County recognized Ms. Rizkalla with the Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award (2014).

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.

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Tracey Clark
(714) 309-1280