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Hey, you Sugar Plums and Snowflakes! Stop dancing in our heads, and start whirling ’round the Segerstrom Hall stage. This will occur sooner than you can shake a candy cane. In a real first, Segerstrom Center of the Arts is presenting a big-city-style, lengthy run of American Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker” at the esteemed Orange County performance venue.

Fourteen (count ’em!) holiday performances of “The Nutcracker” with choreography by Alexei Ratmansky are currently tippy-toe’ing their way across the nation from New York. In a brilliant two-for-one offering, the excellent Pacific Symphony provides the pit band in delivering Tchaikowsky’s beloved score. Perusing the alluring cast-listings below, we would never pull favorites from amongst ABT’s wonderful principal dancers. However, were you to insist on rooting for the home team, California’s own Misty Copeland, partnered by human-cannonball Herman Cornejo will rock the house, cast as Clara/The Princess and Nutcracker/The Prince on December 16 and 19.

Thursday, Dec 10, 7:30 pm
Veronika Part
Marcelo Gomes
Wednesday, Dec 16, 7:30 pm
Misty Copeland
Herman Cornejo
Friday, December 11, 7:30 pm
Gillian Murphy
James Whiteside
Thursday, Dec 17, 7:30 pm
Isabella Boylston
Alban Lendorf
Saturday, Dec 12, 2 pm
Isabella Boylston
Alban Lendorf
Friday, Dec 18, 7:30 pm
Sarah Lane
Joseph Gorak
Saturday, Dec 12, 7:30 pm
Veronika Part
Marcelo Gomes
Saturday, Dec 19, 2 pm
Stella Abrera
Alexandre Hammoudi
Sunday, Dec 13, 1 pm
Stella Abrera
Alexandre Hammoudi
Saturday, Dec 19, 7:30 pm
Misty Copeland
Herman Cornejo
Sunday, Dec 13, 6:30 pm
Gillian Murphy
James Whiteside
Sunday, Dec 20, 1 pm
Hee Seo
Cory Stearns
Tuesday, Dec 15, 7:30 pm
Hee Seo
Cory Stearns
Sunday, Dec 20, 6:30 pm
Sarah Lane
Joseph Gorak

photo credit: gene schiavone

The Nutcracker | American Ballet Theatre | Segerstrom Hall | Dec 10 – 20

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