American Ballet Theatre’s “Nutcracker” is a Holiday Dream

Photo of ABT’s “The Nutcracker” by Gene Schiavone.

For many of us, the spirit of the holiday season really kicks off with a live performance of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.” American Ballet Theatre’s enchanting version of this timeless classic is currently playing at Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa.

More than 100 performers take the stage during this vibrant production. You’ll encounter a plethora of talents, though none are more staggering than those of American Ballet Theatre’s world-class dancers.

The magical milieu of “The Nutcracker” milieu is enhanced by sets and costumes by Tony Award-winning designer Richard Hudson (“The Lion King”), along with the Pacific Symphony’s rousing performance of one of Tchaikovsky’s most notable scores.

“The Nutcracker” is a show you can see again and again. It’s well worth the drive from LA to Costa Mesa to see this hypnotic production at Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Segerstrom Hall.

Hee Seo & Cory Stearns in “The Nutcracker.” Photo credit: Doug Gifford.

Feel safe watching “Waltz of the Flowers,” “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” “Waltz of the Snowflakes” and more – Segerstrom Hall requires all attendees to wear masks and either show proof of vaccination or proof of a negative Covid-19 test. On-site Covid testing ($30) is available.

Other holiday shows coming up at Segerstrom Center this month include Fiesta Navidad, a celebration of Mexican holiday festivities featuring Grammy Award winners Mariachi Los Camperos, on December 22, and A Magical Cirque Christmas on December 26.

You can find more information about this production of “The Nutcracker” here.

Karin E. Baker

About Karin E. Baker

Karin E. Baker is a native Angeleno who loves the eateries, history, nature, architecture, and art of her hometown. When not exploring poke shacks in Kona, tascas in Córdoba, and konditoris in Malmö, she writes about food, culture, lifestyle and travel. She obsesses over comma usage and classic films and is always happy to find an excuse to open a bottle of champagne.
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