Sunday, December 4, 2011

Maple Ballet's The Nutcracker is coming to the Northwood Performing arts Theater

   This holiday season, audiences will once again be transported to the enchanting land of the Palace of Sweets Theatre as the Maple Ballet returns with its original rendition of The Nutcracker to Irvine’s Northwood Performing Arts Theatre, December 17-18; 20-22, 2011.

  With sold-out performance since its debut in 2008, the Maple Ballet’s The Nutcracker features more than 80 classically trained dancers, opulent handmade costumes and masterfully created original stage sets. Performing as the Nutcracker Prince is Australian Aaron Smyth, an award-winning dancer from American Ballet Theatre II (ABT II). Smyth received the Gold Medal at the Genee International Ballet Competition.

  Glowing special effects include a life-size gingerbread house, a Swarovski crystal curtain and eight-foot teapot. Set against 50’ hand painted backdrops and a spectacular 55’ growing Christmas tree, The Nutcracker showcases dancing snowflakes, whimsical fairies, and an array of spirited characters such as the sinister Rat King and “Grandma Clara,” who retells her story of dreaming to become a ballerina. Performances set to Tchaikovsky’s original score include the “Waltz of the Flowers,” “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” and the “Mother Ginger Dance.”

If you would like to get tickets to see this Holiday classic, here is the information on how to get tickets:

Northwood Performing Arts Theatre: December 17-18; 20-22 
4515 Portola Parkway, Irvine 92620 
General admission tickets, $22-$30. Patron seats, $50. Ticketing fees apply. Advance purchase is encouraged, as performances are expected to sell out.
- Saturday, December 17th at 2:00pm and 7:00pm
- Sunday, December 18th at 3pm (complimentary on-stage children’s workshop after this performance) 

- Wednesday, December 21st at 7:00pm
- Tuesday, December 20th at 7:00pm
- Thursday, December 22nd at 6:30pm
To purchase, call 1-888-71-Tickets or visit The Maple Youth Ballet

The Toys are back in town on ice!

Toy Story 3 is on ice!  All of the memorable moments from the movie are coming alive on ice and tickets are on sale now! I am so excited about Toy Story 3 coming to southern california! You know you want to catch up with your favorite Toy Story pals like Buzz, Woody, Jessie, Hammy and the rest of the Toy story Gang as they Escape from the Sunnyside Daycare and race for home.  Plus you get to see new characters Lots-o- Huggin Bear, and Barbie's groovy bachelor Ken! It's the biggest toy story ever and brought to the ice with high speed adventures such as Buzz's galactic battle with evil emperor Zurg and a hoe down on the set of "woodys roundup" Relive the humor, friendship and charm of Toy Story when Disney on Ice presents Disney Pixar's Toy Story 3 takes family fun to infinity and beyond! 

The show comes to the Los Angeles area Wednesday December 14th - Sunday December 18th at Staples center.  Then the fun heads down to the OC at the Honda Center Tuesday December 20th - Sunday December 25th.  Then the fun goes to the Inland Empire at the Citizens Bank Arena Wednesday December 28th - Sunday January 1.  And finally the show concludes its Southern California tour January 4th - January 8th at the Long Beach Arena!  

Tickets are on Sale now! And with the discount code "MOM" you can save on tickets! Tickets are priced from $16, $21, $26, $45 (VIP) and $70 (Front Row).  Opening night tickets available for only $12 each (not valid for premium seating).  All seats are reserved and available at the venue box office, online at or by calling 1-800-745-3000.