Maple Youth Ballet Spring Gala
- Performing & Visual Arts
- Avenue of the Arts Wyndham Hotel, Costa Mesa CA
Saturday, December 20 at 2pm & 7pm
Sunday, December 21 at 2pm & 7pm
Monday, December 22 at 7pm
Music by Peter Tchaikovsky
Choreography by Charles Maple
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. This whimsical storybook ballet is a perfect family fare that all ages will enjoy. Watch as this unique Orange County experience unfolds, showcasing exceptional & talented dancers from across the Southland!
Featuring original choreography by Artistic Director Charles Maple, The Maple Youth Ballet's The Nutcracker is a contemporary full-length rendition-with-a-twist of E.T.A. Hoffman’s time honored classic, which centers around Clara, a young girl who yearns to one day become a professional ballerina.
Celebrate the holiday season in style as we debut our new 50' hand-painted sets and sumptuous costumes created by one of Southern California’s top artistic and award winning designers, Jenny Tomich, and share in the excitement as our magnificent Christmas tree creates an astonishing and thrilling special effect as it magically grows to 55' high, encompassing the entire stage!
Running Time: About two hours
On-Stage Ballet Workshop For Young Audiences (Sat. & Sun. 2pm performances only)
Pili Doheny, Asst. Director, Maple Conservatory's Pre-Ballet Program
Ruth Ziegler, Maple Conservatory Ballet Faculty Member
Children ages 4-8 are invited to free, fun-filled ballet workshop led by Maple Conservatory's Pili Doheny and Ruth Ziegler. This 20-minute workshop will be held immediately following our Saturday & Sunday 2pm matinee performances. Ms. Doheny and Ms. Ziegler will lead the children through some ballet stretches and teach a children's dance from our Nutcracker 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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