The Maple Youth Ballet proudly presents
Nutcracker, A New Beginning…
Saturday, December 8 at 2pm & 7pm
Sunday, December 9 at 2pm
Irvine's Northwood High School Theatre
Music by Peter Tchaikovsky
Choreography by Charles Maple
Featuring original choreography by Artistic Director Charles Maple, our Nutcracker, A New Beginning… production has been designed this year for all audiences & ages featuring a selection of favorite highlights from the much beloved Nutcracker story.
From the moment the lights dim, you will be transported to a magical place filled with dancing snowflakes, a dashing prince, and Tchaikovsky's majestic score based on one of the world's most beloved ballets.
Share the tradition of fantasy as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Nutcracker Prince and Clara ignite the imagination of your princes and princesses of all ages. Watch as this unique Orange County experience unfolds, showcasing exceptional & talented dancers from across the Southland!
Additional Audience Treats!
"Pre-Curtain" Nutcracker Introduction
Lorin Johnson, Assist. Professor, Dance Dept., California State Univ., Long Beach
Learn about the origins of the Nutcracker from a leading dance expert and former member of American Ballet Theatre and San Francisco Ballet. At the start of each performance, Lorin will share with audience members a facinating look back at the story line and history of the Nutcracker.
Free On-Stage Ballet Workshop For Young Audiences (Saturday matinee only)
"Miss" Pili Doheny, Assist. Director, Maple Conservatory's Pre-Ballet Program
Children ages 4-8 are invited to free, fun-filled ballet workshop led by "Miss" Pili Doheny, Assistant Director of Maple Conservatory's Pre-Ballet Program. This 20-minute workshop will be held immediately following our Saturday matinee performance. Miss Pili will lead the children through some ballet stretches and teach a children's dance from our Nutcracker, A New Beginning… production! Dancers from our Nutcracker production will also be there in costume to sign autographs and pose for photos with the children.
The Maple Youth Ballet, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides dancers with training and performance opportunities to bridge the gap between student and professional dancers, while offering Orange County professional-quality performances at affordable prices.
From our humble beginnings seven years ago, the Maple Youth Ballet has already become one of Southern California's most vibrant and accomplished pre-professional ballet companies. The Maple Conservatory of Dance is the official school of the Maple Youth Ballet.
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