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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 Sat. Dec 21st at 2 pm and 7 pm and Sun. Dec. 22nd 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.

Clara’s Nutcracker Prince, an all-new abbreviated presentation of the stage ballet combining your favorite scenes, characters and dances and made especially for the screen; A behind-the-scenes peek at our Nutcracker costumes, rehearsal process and more; Nutcracker-themed adventures, including a self-guided scavenger hunt for the whole family. Montecasino offers world class productions at our two theatres The Teatro Pieter Toerien’s Theatre and Studio. Local and international productions, ranging from musicals and comedy to fairy tales on ice and death-defying acrobatics, keep audiences coming back for more. The Nutcracker has been translated into a theatrical circus, and exclusive to Sandton City, will capture the spirit of Christmas in the city. #ThursdayThoughts: Joburg Ballet offers a full-time Aspirant Programme which includes lessons, training and the opportunity to rehearse and perform on stage with the professional company members. This year was quite a tough one on our Aspirants with the COVID-19 pandemic but these young men got the brief chance to grace the stage. Additionally, the Tchaikovsky classics Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty. Experience exquisite dancers, spectacular scenery, and lavish costumes. This full-length production of Swan Lake with a live orchestra cannot be missed. Venue: Teatro At Montecasino, 1 Montecasino Blvd, Fourways, Johannesburg.

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.

Performances Are:
Saturday, December 21st 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Sunday, December 22nd 2:00pm and 7:00pm

Tickets Start at $25 and Group Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more!

Presented at the beautiful Portola High School Performing Arts Center in Irvine!

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!

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“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.

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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!

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The Maple Youth Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” is entering is 12th 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.