- By KEN WERTHER
- Photo Courtesy of SEGERSTROM CENTER
This month, Segerstrom Center for the Arts is presenting the return of American Ballet Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of The Nutcracker. This beloved holiday tradition is a Christmas fairytale that truly captures the spirit of the season through the magic of a child’s imagination. Created by one of today’s most celebrated choreographers, Alexei Ratmansky, this dazzling ballet treat features ABT’s roster of superstar dancers along with gorgeous sets and costumes by Tony Award-winner Richard Hudson, Pacific Symphony playing Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, and over 100 performers. Now, when I was a kid, I bought tickets for the Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker every year. Top price for the best seat — $8 (I’m old)! The Nutcracker was first performed in 1892 and was not considered a success. But Tchaikovsky’s score became one of his most famous compositions, and various iterations of the ballet continue to enjoy enormous popularity all over the world. As a special treat, on Saturday, December 3 (at 10am and 11:30am), The Nutcracker will be performed in a condensed version created just for kids. And the show finishes with a jolly visit from Santa Claus himself!
Segerstrom also has a fabulous slate of other holiday events scheduled for December. There’s Mannheim Steamroller Christmas (one of my personal faves), The Broadway Hollywood Holiday Songbook, the Johnny Mathis Christmas Concert (the man is a legend!), Fiesta Navidad, and Salute to Vienna. I might just spend the entire month in Costa Mesa!
For tickets and details, click here.