Sugar Plum Fairy, Clara, Mouse King, the Nutcracker.....the holidays are here with this ballet classic, The Nutcracker, which returns to the Irvine Barclay Theatre starting this weekend. This beloved ballet and holiday tradition is presented by the Festival Ballet Theatre and is an amazing experience for all ages.

Create holiday memories for your family by sharing the magic of The Nutcracker, December 7- 24, 2019 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. 

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.

Kick off an evening at the ballet with a pre-show Nutcracker Tea Party (available select performances only)

(Limited number of tickets available)

Guests will enjoy tea, lemonade, finger sandwiches and sweet treats with Clara herself… champagne for the grown-ups as well. Clara will join in as the story of the Nutcracker ballet and the magical adventure is told. Expect a special appearance by the Nutcracker Prince and his archenemy, the Mouse King, too!

Photo opportunities and a party favor for each guest included.

The elegant sit-down tea will be prepared by Chef Laurent of White House Catering.

Party is held at the Barclay’s Jade Room.

Adults & Seniors – additional $30
Students & Children Under 21 – additional $25
Limited number of tickets available

Performance Dates and Times:

Saturday, December 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm (PARTY START TIME: 6PM)
Sunday, December 8, 2019 @ 1:00 (PARTY START TIME: 12PM)
Saturday, December 14, 2019 @ 2:00 and 7:00 pm (PARTY START TIME: 1PM & 6PM)
Sunday, December 15, 2019 @ 1:00 and 6:00 pm (PARTY START TIME: 12PM & 5PM)
Saturday, December 21, 2019 @ 2:00 and 7:00 pm (PARTY START TIME: 1PM & 6PM)
Sunday, December 22, 2019 @ 1:00 and 6:00 pm (PARTY START TIME: 12PM & 5PM)
Monday, December 23, 2019 @ 6:00 pm (PARTY START TIME: 5PM)
Tuesday, December 24, 2019 @ 11am (PARTY START TIME: 10am)

Tickets: $45 – $60
For group discounts, please call the box office.


Festival Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker Clara
Festival Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker Mouse KingFestival Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker Sugarplum Fairy

Guests Artists Include:

Tara Ghassemieh Luiz, Festival Ballet Theatre
Vitor Luiz, Former San Francisco Ballet
Saturday, December 7 at 7pm
Sunday, December 8 at 1pm

Beckanne Sisk, Ballet West
Chase O’Connell, Ballet West
Friday, December 13 at 7pm
Saturday, December 14 at 2pm & 7pm
Sunday, December 15 at 1pm & 6pm

Maria Kochetkova, Former San Francisco Ballet
Vitor Luiz, Former San Francisco Ballet
Friday, December 20 at 7pm
Saturday, December 21 at 2pm & 7pm
Sunday, December 22 at 1pm

Tara Ghassemieh Luiz, Festival Ballet Theatre
Vitor Luiz, Former San Francisco Ballet
Sunday, December 22 at 6pm

Jeraldine Mendoza, Joffrey Ballet
Dylan Gutierrez, Joffrey Ballet
Monday, December 23 at 6pm
Tuesday, December 24 at 11am

*Guest artists may be subject to change

About Festival Ballet Theatre

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.

For more information, visit

Festival Ballet Theatre's Guest Dancers the Nutcracker
Festival Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker Opening Tree Scene