“… ravishing and clever enough to inspire multiple viewings.” – Los Angeles Times

“This Nutcracker is cracking good!” - New York Post

SoCal’s favorite holiday tradition returns with American Ballet Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of The Nutcracker. Created by one of today’s most celebrated choreographers, Alexei Ratmansky, this dazzling holiday treat features ABT’s roster of superstar dancers along with gorgeous sets and costumes by Tony winner Richard Hudson, and Pacific Symphony playing Tchaikovsky’s timeless score.

The Nutcracker is the tale of a young girl, Clara, who receives the gift of a nutcracker doll at her family’s Christmas party. In her dreams that night, the nutcracker doll comes to life as a handsome prince who joins her on a magical journey. Together, they travel to lands filled with dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers, a mouse army and other exotic characters, all brought to vivid life on stage by a cast of over 100 performers!

American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker is one of the great joys of the holiday season. Make a memory with your loved ones!

Casting for The Nutcracker

ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie has released principal casting which will include Devon Teuscher as Clara, the Princess, and Joo Won Ahn as The Nutcracker Prince on Opening Night, Friday, December 9.  

Friday, December 9 at 7 p.m. – Devon Teuscher, Joo Won Ahn

Saturday, December 10 at 2 p.m. – Isabella Boylston, James Whiteside

Saturday, December 10 at 7 p.m. – Catherine Hurlin, Aran Bell

Sunday, December 11 at 12:30 p.m. – Cassandra Trenary*, Calvin Royal III*

Sunday, December 11 at 5:30 p.m. – Christine Shevchenko, Thomas Forster


Wednesday, December 14 at 7 p.m. – Hee Seo, Cory Stearns

Thursday, December 15 at 7 p.m. – Skylar Brandt, Herman Cornejo

Friday, December 16 at 7 p.m. –  Cassandra Trenary, Calvin Royal lll

Saturday, December 17 at 2 p.m. – Devon Teuscher, Joo Won Ahn

Saturday, December 17 at 7 p.m. – Skylar Brandt, Herman Cornejo

Sunday, December 18 at 12:30 p.m. – Catherine Hurlin, Aran Bell

Sunday, December 18 at 5:30 p.m. – Hee Seo, Cory Stearns


*Indicates the first time in the role.

Nutcracker Sweet Seats

A limited number of exclusive Sweet Seats are available for the weekend performances of The Nutcracker!   Along with prime Orchestra seating, these ticket also come with a Segerstrom Center keepsake ornament, a The Nutcracker collectible poster, and a delicious holiday cookie.   Make it a holiday experience your loved ones will remember forever!