American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

December 02, 2021

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is bringing back its popular holiday tradition - American Ballet Theatre’s captivating production of The Nutcracker.  Co-presented by the Center and ABT with choreography by ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky, The Nutcracker is the beloved holiday story based on The Nutcracker and the King of Mice written by E.T.A. Hoffmann and set to a magical score by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky.

In its annual holiday engagement, American Ballet Theatre will give 12 performances between December 10 through December 19, in Segerstrom Hall.  This year marks the 6th time that The Center has presented ABT’s The Nutcracker, Southern California’s grandest production of this beloved holiday tradition. This Nutcracker features ABT’s international all-star cast. 

American Ballet Theatre has a long, storied history of producing several critically acclaimed productions of this annual family-friendly classic tale of Clara and the Nutcracker over the years (previous versions were by Mikhail Baryshnikov and ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie). The Nutcracker, with its timeless music by Tchaikovsky and fairytale costumes and exotic dances, is the perfect way to introduce children to dance and even inspire them to study dance and become a little Clara or Nutcracker Prince.  

The scenery and costumes for The Nutcracker are by Tony Award® winning designer Richard Hudson (Disney’s The Lion King).  Lighting for the production is by Tony Award® winner Jennifer Tipton. 

Single tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker start at $30 and are on sale online at, at the Box office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, or by calling (714) 556-2787.  For inquiries about group ticket discounts for 10 or more, call the Group Services offices at (714)755-0236.


ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie has released principal casting which will include Hee Seo as Clara, the Princess, and Cory Stearns as The Nutcracker Prince on Opening Night, Friday, December 10.  *Indicates the first time in the role.

Saturday, December 11 at 2 p.m. – Skylar Brandt*, Herman Cornejo
Saturday, December 11 at 7 p.m. – Christine Shevchenko, Thomas Forster
Sunday, December 12 at 12:30 p.m. – Devon Teuscher*, Joo Won Ahn
Sunday, December 12 at 5:30 p.m. -- Skylar Brandt*, Herman Cornejo

Wednesday, December 15 at 7 p.m.- Isabella Boylston, James Whiteside
Thursday, December 16 at 7 p.m. – Catherine Hurlin*, Aran Bell
Friday, December 17 at 7 p.m. -- Christine Shevchenko, Thomas Forster
Saturday, December 18 at 2 p.m. -- Hee Seo, Cory Stearns
Saturday, December 18 at 7 p.m. -- Devon Teuscher, Joo Won Ahn
Sunday, December 19 at 12:30 p.m. - Isabella Boylston, James Whiteside
Sunday, December 19 at 5:30 p.m. - Catherine Hurlin, Aran Bell

The Nutcracker is presented with special underwriting from Tiffany & Co. The Center's International Dance Series is made possible by the Audrey Steele Burnand Endowed Fund for International Dance and The Segerstrom Foundation Endowment for Great Performances. Segerstrom Center for the Arts also thanks to its Official Airline, United Airlines. 

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