The Nutcracker



Join us this holiday season as the lights fade, the music swells, snowflakes fall, flowers waltz, and a young girl dreams about a magical sweet-filled world in the charming and magical The Nutcracker. Tustin Dance Center is pleased to delight both young and old again this holiday season with its 16th annual production of this timeless ballet. Dozens of ballerinas and dance students of all ages are sure to entertain you at historic Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton. Our production features a live orchestra conducted by Maestro Branden Muresan of the Southern California Philharmonic.


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 honor’s Clara with a celebration of dances. From near and far, marvelous characters come to entertain her with Spanish, Arabian, Russian, Chinese, Merlitons 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…

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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.






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Performance Details

Dance! To Your Heart’s Delight will be performing its 16th annual Nutcracker Ballet on these dates:

·    December 7, 2019, 2:00 pm

·    December 7, 2019, 6:30 pm

·    December 8, 2019, 2:00 pm

Ticket Prices

Front Orchestra Seating:

·    Adult:  $38.00

·    Child/Senior:  $32.00

(12 and under or 65+ years)

Back Orchestra Seating:

·    Adult:  $32.00

·    Child/Senior:  $26.00

(12 and under or 65+ years)

Balcony Seating:

·    Adult:  $30.00

·    Child/Senior:  $24.00

(12 and under or 65+ years)

Note: Only children 0 - 1.5 years who can sit on their parents lap the entire performance may attend for free.

Plummer Auditorium

Dance! To Your Heart’s Delight is pleased to be performing its 16th annual Nutcracker Ballet at historic Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton again this year.

Plummer Auditorium

201 E. Chapman Ave.

Fullerton, CA  92832

Designed by architect Carlton M. Winslow and constructed for $295,500 in 1930, the Plummer Auditorium is an outstanding example of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture with Italian Renaissance design elements. Since its construction the facility has been a center of entertainment for the community. Music organizations from both the high school and junior college have performed for social and civic groups. Not only do students gain their first experiences in drama, dance, and music there, the auditorium is used to stage important theatrical productions and community-oriented cultural programs. Throughout its 70-year history the auditorium has served the community well, giving Fullerton its fine reputation as a cultural and educational center for north Orange County.

The large auditorium, which seats over 1,300 people, features an elaborate ceiling of painted and decorated rough-hewn beams, the original wrought iron chandeliers, arched side isles with composite capitals, and other classical ornamentation. In 1995, the building was fully rehabilitated and improved to meet seismic safety requirements. Additionally, the grand Wurlitzer Organ, original to the building, was restored and is in use today.

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The Nutcracker Story

Tustin Dance Center presents its 14th annual production of The Nutcracker featuring dozens of 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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