A fight scene for the boys. Romance for the preteen girls. Nostalgia for the parents. Plus, the Sugar Plum Fairy and that scary mouse.
The team behind Festival Ballet Theatre's production of "The Nutcracker" has a simple theory for why the show has such lasting power: It offers a little something for everyone.
"It has so many characters that you don't get bored," said Artistic Director Salwa Rizkalla. "You have to really be in love with ballet to enjoy 'Swan Lake,' but you don't have to be in love with ballet to enjoy 'The Nutcracker.'"
Certainly, Tchaikovsky's 1892 classic has had staying power at the Fountain Valley-based nonprofit company, which has put it on for 23 straight years. This December, for the fifth year, the production will take place at the Irvine Barclay Theatre.
The story is probably familiar to many: Clara, a young German girl, receives a toy nutcracker from her godfather on Christmas Eve, then watches it come alive later that night and defend her against an army of mice. Then the nutcracker turns into a prince and takes Clara to the Land of Sweets, a fantasy world populated by a huge cast of characters.