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With sold-out performances since its debut in 2008, the Maple Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker features more than 90 classically trained dancers and Guest Artist, Steven Morse from the San Francisco Ballet! Mr. Morse Soloist with San Francisco Ballet will be performing the role of Nutcracker Prince Fri. Dec 14th and Sat. Dec. 15th at 2 pm and 7 pm.
The Maple Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker, masterfully performed under the directorial guidance of award winning ballet choreographer and artistic director, Mr. Charles Maple, has earned accolades and praise for his full-length rendition-with-a-twist of E.T.A. Hoffman’s timeless holiday tale, set to Tchaikovsky’s majestic score.
Opulent handmade costumes, masterfully created original stage sets and glowing special effects include a life-size gingerbread house, a Swarovski crystal curtain and eight-foot teapot. Set against 50’ hand painted backdrops and a spectacular 55’ growing Christmas tree, The Nutcracker showcases dancing snowflakes, whimsical fairies, and an array of spirited characters such as the sinister Rat King and Mother Ginger.
The Maple Youth Ballet’s production is one of the most treasured productions to date. It marries substantive choreography with eye-popping production values. It’s colorful and accessible child-centric story has become an affordable holiday choice among Southland families of all ages.
Tickets $28 children under 12, $33 adults
Presented at the beautiful Irvine Valley Performing Arts Center! New Location
A kaleidoscope of exciting dance featuring the exceptionally talented dancers of the Maple Youth Ballet and the Maple Conservatory of Dance. This dazzling performance is designed to showcase these beautiful classically trained students’ skills and accomplishments over the past year.
The showcase features original works by award winning Maple faculty members whose professional backgrounds lend authority to their stagings and give students valuable experience in various historical styles. These annual performances develop discipline, musicality, endurance, choreography memory and stage presence in the students as they prepare for professional life.
“This School Performance offers the opportunity to see the extraordinary range of accomplishment from our gifted students of all ages,” says school director Charles Maple. “The simplest of movements are executed with the utmost precision and joy by our youngest, while the top tier performs complicated choreography with ease and brio.”
The diverse works run the gamut from the comedic to the emotionally charged. All of the works are sure to entertain the entire family.