The American Ballet Theater’s Nutcracker performs at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts


The Segerstrom Center for the Arts announces the return of its popular tradition – the captivating production of The Nutcracker by the American Ballet Theater. Co-presented by the Center and ABT with choreography by artist-in-residence ABT Alexei Ratmansky, The Nutcracker is the beloved holiday story based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King written by ETA Hoffmann and on a magic score by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

As part of its annual vacation pledge, the American Ballet Theater will give 12 performances between December 10 and December 19, 2021 at Segerstrom Hall. This year marks the 6th time the Center has presented ABT’s The Nutcracker, Southern California’s largest production of this beloved holiday tradition. This Nutcracker features ABT’s international star cast.

The American Ballet Theater has a long and rich history of producing over the years several critically acclaimed productions of this annual family classic tale of Clara and The Nutcracker (previous versions were by Mikhail Baryshnikov and Artistic Director of ABT Kevin Mckenzie). The Nutcracker, with its timeless Tchaikovsky music, fairytale costumes and exotic dances, is the perfect way to introduce children to dance and even inspire them to study dance and become a little Clara or a Casse prince. -Hazelnut.

The sets and costumes for The Nutcracker are by Tony Award-winning designer Richard Hudson (Disney’s The Lion King). Lighting for the production is by Tony Award winner Jennifer Tipton.

The Los Angeles Times said, “Choreographer Alexei Ratmansky performed his own Christmas miracle: a merry ‘Nutcracker’ ballet that is delightful and clever enough to inspire multiple viewings… the intricate human motifs make this waltz the one of the most amazing and beautiful you have ever seen … in all its glory, a classic without reservation. “

The Orange County Register said: “A visual tour de force… a Nutcracker without parallel… Ratmansky is an undisputed master; few choreographers combine its qualities of invention, wit, rhythm and theatricality … Ratmansky has created a work that celebrates the wonder and transformative power of live performance. “

The New York Times said: “Mr. Ratmansky is an enchanting storyteller here, but his is one of the most original, fascinating to children and adults alike. A production like no other, produced with complete theatrical authority from start to finish. the end.”

Single tickets for The Nutcracker at the American Ballet Theater start at $ 30 and go on sale Wednesday, September 22, 2021 online at, at the box office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, or in calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about group ticket reductions for 10 or more people, call the Group Services offices at (714) 755-0236.

ABT Gillespie School of Ballet offers unparalleled training, performance opportunities, master classes, guest artist lectures, and the highest quality classical ballet training through the American Ballet Theater National Training Program. . Forty students are presented each year in the ABT production of The Nutcracker; and performed alongside ABT dancers in the world premiere productions of The Sleeping Beauty (2015), Whipped Cream (2017) and the West Coast premiere of ABT’s Harlequinade (2019).

ABT Artistic Director Kevin Mckenzie has released the main cast which will include Hee Seo as Clara, the Princess and Cory Stearns as the Nutcracker Prince on opening night on Friday December 10th. . * Indicates the first time in the role.

Friday December 10 at 7 p.m. – Hee Seo, Cory Stearns

Saturday December 11 at 2 p.m. – Skylar Brandt *, Herman Cornejo

Saturday December 11 at 7 p.m. – Christine Shevchenko, Thomas Forster

Sunday 12 December at 12:30 p.m. – Devon Teuscher *, Joo Won Ahn

Sunday 12 December at 5.30 p.m. – Skylar Brandt *, Herman Cornejo

Wednesday, December 15 at 7 p.m. – Isabella Boylston, James Whiteside

Thursday December 16 at 7 p.m. – Catherine Hurlin *, Aran Bell

Friday, December 17 at 7 p.m. – Christine Shevchenko, Thomas Forster

Saturday December 18 at 2 p.m. – Hee Seo, Cory Stearns

Saturday, December 18 at 7 p.m. – Devon Teuscher, Joo Won Ahn

Sunday December 19 at 12:30 p.m. – Isabella Boylston, James Whiteside

Sunday December 19 at 5:30 p.m. – Catherine Hurlin, Aran Bell

The Nutcracker is presented with a special subscription from Tiffany & Co. The Centre’s International Dance Series is made possible by the Audrey Steele Burnand Endowment Fund for International Dance and the Segerstrom Foundation for Great Performances. The Segerstrom Center for the Arts also thanks its official airline, United Airlines.

New partnership between the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and the American Ballet Theater

This Nutcracker engagement marks the start of a new three-year partnership of the co-presented annual production of Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker and continues with world and West Coast premieres and engagements each spring through. ‘in 2024 combining the resources of the America’s National Ballet Company and one of the country’s leading dance presenters.

Since 2015, ABT has wowed audiences across Southern California at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts with annual Nutcracker vacation engagements for more than 63 performances. Segerstrom Center and ABT have enjoyed a solid long-standing relationship. At the Center, ABT gave the world premiere of Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Swan Lake in 1988. In 1999, the ABT production of Le Corsaire was recorded for broadcast on PBS’s Dance in America, winning an Emmy Award. In 2003, The Dream was also recorded at the Center for broadcast on Dance in America. In 2008, ABT co-commissioned Twyla Tharp’s Rabbit and Rogue with the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, which received its world premiere in New York and its West Coast premiere at the Center.

Other ABT productions at the Center included the West Coast premiere of Artistic Director Kevin Mckenzie’s 2007 production of Sleeping Beauty, the world premiere of a new production of Firebird by the artist in residence. ABT Alexei Ratmansky, and three other Ratmansky ballets including the Nutcracker West Coast Premiere in 2015, the Whipped Cream World Premiere in 2017, the West Coast Harlequinade World Premiere in 2019, and the World Premiere and the co-commissioned production Of Love and Rage in 2020.

Most recently, the Center presented Uniting in Movement, in April 2021, a unique dance project bringing together 18 ABT dancers for safe collaboration and an exhilarating performance of new works by Jessica Lang, Lauren Lovette and Darrell Grand Moultrie.

The three-year partnership between the American Ballet Theater and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts will include three first works. Starting in March 2022, ABT and the Center will present a mixed repertoire program including a world premiere by Alonzo King and West Coast premieres of Ratmansky’s Bernstein in a Bubble and Lang ZigZag, with songs recorded by Tony Bennett. .

In March 2023, the American Ballet Theater will perform the North American premiere of Like Water for Chocolate at the Center. Created by the award-winning team of choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and composer Joby Talbot, with costumes by Bob Crowley, this co-production with the Royal Ballet is based on Laura Esquivel’s bestselling novel of the same name.

ABT and the Centre’s partnership in 2024 will include a third world first. Details to follow later.The American Ballet Theater's Nutcracker performs at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

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