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The Nutcracker Ballet



Dance! To Your Hearts Delight1 entertained both young and old again this holiday season with its 19th annual production of this timeless ballet. Dozens of ballerinas and dance students of all ages delighted patrons in this timeless ballet at the beautiful Downey Theatre on December 2-3, 2023.


Set to Tchaikovsky's timeless score, The Nutcracker tells the story of a girl named Clara whose adventure begins when she is given a toy Nutcracker as a Christmas gift from her mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer during the Stahlbahm's annual family Christmas Eve party.  Uncle Drosselmeyer entertains the guests with live dancing dolls and his eccentric ways. Later that night, after the guests depart, Clara falls asleep and dreams of a grand adventure that begins with her Nutcracker coming to life and engaging in an epic battle between mice and toys, continues with her Nutcracker becoming a handsome prince, and comes to a climax with a magical journey to the Kingdom of Sweets to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy.


In the Kingdom of Sweets, the Sugar Plum Fairy honors Clara with a celebration of dances. From near and far, marvelous characters come to entertain her with Spanish, Arabian, Russian, Chinese, Mirlitons and Waltz of the Flowers dances. When Clara thinks she has seen everything beautiful in the land, the Sugar Plum Fairy dances with her Cavalier.  Soon the Land of Sweets begins to get hazy and Clara opens her eyes to find herself in her parents' house, wondering if it was all a dream...


1 Dance! To Your Heart's Delight is Tustin Dance Center's 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our non-profit was established to advance the arts within our studio and in the greater Tustin community. The proceeds from all Nutcracker performances, the Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party, the Nutcracker boutique, concessions, fundraisers, and donations are directed into the non-profit and used to fund the production of the event each year.



The Nutcracker Ballet


Looking forward to our 20th annual production in 2024!

Event Details

Dance! To Your Heart's Delight (DTYHD) performed its 19th annual Nutcracker Ballet on Saturday, December 1 - 3, 2023 at the beautiful Downey Civic Theatre.

DTYHD was please to again donate the entire December 1, 2023 performance to many underserved organizations in Orange and LA counties, bringing the joy of the arts to individuals and families who might not otherwise be exposed to the arts.

Downey Theatre

The Downey Civic Theatre is a 738-seat venue located in the heart of Downtown Downey. The Downey Theatre strives to bring the best entertainment and enhance the cultural and economic growth within the community is perfect for staging our 18th annual Nutcracker Ballet.

Downey Theatre

8435 Firestone Blvd.

Downey, CA 90241

The Downey Theatre first opened its doors in 1970, built to house the success of the Downey Children's Theatre under the direction of John Hume.  While many of the old theatre programs shut down in 1978, the theatre continues to present the community with shows from the Downey Civic Light Opera, the Downey Symphony, and other local cultural and dance companies.

Under new management in 2011, the Downey Theatre began to once again host larger acts as a performing arts venue, presenting concerts and shows of nationally known artists.

Fun fact about Downey Theatre... In March 1971, astronauts Alan Shephard, Edgar Mitchell, and Stuart Roosa landed by helicopter in Downey and spoke at the theater. It was a busy place. Everything from beauty pageants to opera to marionettes have played there.

The Nutcracker Ballet Story

The Nutcracker Ballet features professional dancers for all principal roles, and dozens of Tustin Dance Centers most talented dancers of all ages.

In this enchanting ballet, featuring the famous score by Tchaikovsky, a young girl has a very special Christmas. At a fun-filled family party with dancing, magic and dolls that come to life, Clara receives a special gift: a Nutcracker. That night she dreams of an epic battle between mice and toys, and a magical journey to the Kingdom of Sweets, where Clara dances with her Prince and meets the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy.




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