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The Nutcracker Ballet



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. Dance! To Your Heart's Delight1 was pleased to delight both young and old again last holiday season with its 17th annual production of this timeless ballet. Dozens of ballerinas and dance students of all ages entertained patrons at beautiful La Mirada Theatre in La Mirada.


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, 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


17 Years of Magic and Running!

Event Details

Dance! To Your Heart's Delight's 17th annual Nutcracker Ballet was performed on the following dates:

    Saturday, December 4, 2021

o   2:00 pm

o   6:30 pm

    Sunday, December 5, 2021

o   2:00 pm

La Mirada Theatre

La Mirada Theatre was a wonderful, storied that seated over 1250 people, which was perfect for staging our 17th annual Nutcracker Ballet last year (2021).

La Mirada Theatre

14900 La Mirada Boulevard

La Mirada, CA 90638

Tony Bennett opened La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in September, 1977 and in October, 2017 he returned to their stage to help celebrate the 40th Anniversary! Once again, he played a sold out show, with crowds cheering on their feet for this legendary musician.

In 1997, Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby became the first La Mirada Theatre production to go on a two-year national tour and have an extended run on Broadway.

In 1976, Friends of the La Mirada Theatre, a volunteer organization, was created by the City Council to support and enhance the theatre and its programming. In 1977, after years of serving the community as a movie house and long after its final screening, La Mirada Theatre reopened its doors and a City's vision was born. To this day, Friends provide volunteer ushers for performances and raise funds to bestow special gifts on the theatre.

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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