Join us in The Palace of Sweets

Maple Youth Ballet's The Nutcracker

A holiday journey of magic, joy & excitement

Saturday, December 21 at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 22 at 3:00 pm*
Monday, December 23 at 1:30 pm & 6:30 pm

*Complimentary on-stage children’s workshop after this performance
At the beautiful & spacious
Northwood Performing Arts Theatre in Irvine

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Music by Peter Tchaikovsky
Choreography by Charles Maple
Stage Sets by Jenny Tomich

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 more than 80 exceptionally talented & classically trained dancers from across the Southland!

Featuring original choreography by Artistic Director Charles Maple, The Maple Youth Ballet's The Nutcracker is a 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.

Running Time: About 2 hours with intermission; refreshments & snacks will be on sale along with our spectacular Nutcracker boutique!

"Maple Youth Ballet's production of [the] Nutcracker was such a pleasant surprise! ...I was blown away by the professionalism of the production. I have 2 younger children who both were captivated for the entire performance. I think their productions are a steal for the price. Bravo MYB!"  —Erin R.
"The costumes were beautiful and so were the sets...This would definitely be a Nutcracker performance to take your child to share the joy of seeing the Nutcracker for the first-time! If you have the time or are in the Orange County area, make sure to see this show." —momto3bells

View more info on Aaron SmythSpecial Guest Artist: Aaron Smyth

Aaron Smyth, a former member of The Royal Ballet and American Ballet Theatre's acclaimed ABT II (now called ABT Studio Company) and a Gold Medalist in the Genée International Ballet Competition, will guest perform in the Maple Youth Ballet's The Nutcracker.

Learn more about Aaron Smyth

Presenting the Ultimate Nutcracker Experience for Families & Children!

Learn more about PiliAs guests of the Maple Youth Ballet's The Nutcracker, your family's enchanting journey to the "Palace of the Sweets" will begin with a visit to Clara’s Tutu Tent for a host of fun activities for the kids, which will take place one hour before each performance and during intermission.  You and your family will also be able to enjoy our delectable desserts and unique boutique offerings on sale during intermission.

On-Stage Children's Workshop After Sunday's 3pm Performance:  Children ages 4-10 are invited to free, fun-filled dance workshop led by Maple Conservatory's Pili Doheny. This 20-minute workshop will be held following our Sunday 3:00 pm performance. Ms. Doheny will lead the children through some ballet stretches and teach a children's dance from our Nutcracker production!

Spectacular Sets & Costumes and Special Effects!

View the photos!Celebrate the holiday season in style with our spectacular 50' hand-painted sets and our sumptuous costumes. Share in the excitement as our magnificent holiday tree creates an astonishing and thrilling special effect as it magically grows to 55' high, encompassing the entire stage!

Voew scenes from our 2008 Nutcracker!
View a short video clip from our past Nutcracker!

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