The Nutcracker

Maple Youth Ballet The Nutcracker
Maple Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker

A Magical Journey Where Dreams Come True!

Maple Youth Ballet Presents The Ultimate Holiday Nutcracker Experience!

December 14th, 15th, & 16th, 2018

Tickets Available Soon!


Presented at the beautiful Irvine Valley Performing Arts Center!  New Location

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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. Watch as this unique Orange County experience unfolds, showcasing more than 90 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!

Support the Maple Youth Ballet

Maple Youth Ballet is a thriving pre-professional youth ballet organization, based in Irvine, that is devoted to providing young ballet dancers with training and performance opportunities that will prepare them to pursue careers as professional ballet dancers, be accepted to the top residential pre-professional ballet schools in the world, or qualify for admission to the leading college dance programs.

As a non-profit organization, we rely upon charitable donations to enable the success of our professional-quality ballet performances. We are faced with the delicate dilemma of balancing the necessity of financial viability with our desire to offer affordable ticket prices so that a wide constituency can gain a greater appreciation for the art of ballet.

There are two ways you can show your support – by purchasing an ad in our beautiful Nutcracker Program, or making a tax deductible charitable donation. Your support is greatly appreciated!

“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

Presenting the Ultimate Nutcracker Experience for Families & Children!

As guests of the Maple Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker, your family’s enchanting journey to the spacious lobby of the theatre where you and your family will be able to enjoy our delectable desserts and unique boutique offerings on sale before the performance and during intermission.

On-Stage Children’s Workshop After Sunday’s 3 pm Performance: Children ages 4-10 are invited to free, fun-filled dance workshop led by our world class Maple Conservatory faculty and dancers.  This 20-minute workshop will be held following our Sunday 3 pm performance.

Spectacular Sets & Costumes and Special Effects!

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!


Nutcracker 2012

The Maple Youth Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” is entering is 10th season! The Maple Youth Ballet is a thriving organization here in Orange County. It is a great pleasure to be an artistic ambassador to our community. Our production is one of the most beloved productions in Southern California.

When you advertise in the Maple Youth Ballet’s Nutcracker Program, you get your message out to our audience members, giving your business exposure to over 2,000 individuals.

Our beautiful keepsake programs are, full color, filled with photographs and interesting facts about The Nutcracker.

2017 Nutcracker Program Advertisement