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2013-14 Season Local, national and international talent in a beautiful space where you can see and hear everything.

A Favorite, Romantic Classic


Giselle Gillian Murphy American Ballet Theatre

March 22 & March 23, 2014

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Festival Ballet Theatre This season of Nutcracker performances marks a very special milestone for Festival Ballet Theatre as we celebrate our 25th anniversary in Orange County. We are honored that many families have made FBT’s Nutcracker part of their holiday tradition; and we are very happy that you could join us today. Our Nutcracker is a highlight of our season and involves more than 150 dancers who move with grace and precision in their portrayals of beloved characters, including the Sugar Plum Fairy and her handsome Cavalier, our heroine Clara and the Nutcracker Prince, battling toy soldiers and twirling sweets from many lands.

Dancing the lead roles of Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier are esteemed guest artists: Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky of American Ballet Theatre, Beckanne Sisk from Ballet West and Fabrice Calmels of the Joffrey Ballet, and Stella Abrera and Sascha Radetsky, also from ABT. Each year amazing guest artists join FBT’s resident company members and local talent to celebrate the holiday season. Earlier this year, our 2013-2014 season opened with the presentation of Firebird and Texture of Time, which were commissioned specifically for our company, and were acknowledged by the audience with standing ovations. In March, our season will continue with the beloved romantic ballet, Giselle. In August, Gala of the Stars will conclude our season, bringing ballet superstars to Orange County to perform to the delight of our audiences.

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Enjoy the show, and I hope to see you at up-coming productions. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Salwa Rizkalla Artistic Director Festival Ballet Theatre Salwa Rizkalla, Artistic Director of Festival Ballet Theatre with American Ballet Theatre principal dancer, Irina Dvorovenko.

Board of Directors, Guild Chairs, & Advisory Board Festival Ballet Theatre Board of Directors Salwa Rizkalla, President Lisa Yamashita, Vice President Doris Bailey, Member at Large Willa Bouwens-Killeen, Treasurer Cathleen Hunter, Secretary

Guild Chairs Christine De Nicola, Guild President Teri Schmidt, Grants Alisa Ziebarth, Volunteer Chair Kathryn Weber, Boutique Chair Sandy Mason, Hospitality Chair

Advisory Board Tom Lydon Katherine Ahn, DDS Curtis Holdsworth Mike Lemburg

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Cheng Hall December 13 | 7pm December 14 | 2pm, 7pm December 15 | 1pm, 6pm

Choreography & Direction Salwa Rizkalla Music Peter I. Tchaikovsky

Scenery & Original Costume Design Simon Pastukh Galina Solovyeva

Lighting Design & Production Supervisor Brock Cilley Don Guy Artistic Assistant Elizabeth Farmen

December 18 | 7pm December 19 | 7pm December 20 | 7pm

December 21 | 2pm, 7pm December 22 | 1pm, 6pm

Rehearsal Faculty Lana Brooks Elizabeth Farmen Marci Goedl Tara Gusman Marlene Hall Askar Kettebekov Lauren Richter Salwa Rizkalla Nicole Vitale

Additional Costume Design & Construction Donna Dickens Cyndee Ely Cliff Faulkner Kaye Michel Jack Sykes Barbara Vieuretta

December 23 | 2pm December 24 | 11am

Costumer Coordinator Amanda Jimenez

Communications/Marketing Connie Jankowski Graphic Designer Marianne Hales

Production Coordinator Mark Blake Chris Schmidt

Company Photographer Dave Friedman Rob Gage Casting subject to change.

The taking of photographs or use of recording devices is strictly prohibited.

August 15, 2014

Revered Guest Artists — Breathtaking Performances


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ABOUT FESTIVAL BALLET THEATRE Under the direction of Salwa Rizkalla since its founding in 1988, Festival Ballet Theatre has become one of Southern California’s most vibrant and accomplished professional ballet companies. Celebrating 25 years of artistic service to Orange County, FBT is dedicated to presenting works that epitomize the artistry of professional-quality ballet, offering cultural awareness of dance through educational programs, and nurturing a creative environment for some of our county’s most talented dancers. Boasting a roster of impressive, up-and-coming talent, the company’s productions feature internationally acclaimed guest artists from prestigious companies, such as American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Kirov Ballet, New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and the San Francisco Ballet.

Festival Ballet Theatre strives to enrich the experience of Orange County’s dance audience by highlighting the work of world-renowned guest and resident choreographers. With reverence to masterpieces of the past and a clear focus on developing future tours de force, FBT presents a varied repertoire of full-length classical ballets, including The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Don Quixote, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake, as well as contemporary works by some of the nation’s most sought-after choreographers. Festival Ballet Theatre was also the bid winner of Ballet Pacifica’s Assets Auction, purchasing the dissolved company’s names, sets, costumes and photography archive in order to preserve these treasures for FBT and the Orange County dance community.

Aspiring to the heights of artistic excellence, FBT simultaneously attracts the best in professional dance to its home base while sending its own dancers out as artistic ambassadors to the nation. Festival Ballet Theatre’s significant work has been recognized with a 2001 Arts Orange County Award for Outstanding Arts Organization of the Year. For more information on Festival Ballet Theatre, visit www. ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND GUEST ARTISTS

Salwa Rizkalla Artistic Director

Salwa Rizkalla’s artistic vision and community involvement led to the creation of Festival Ballet Theatre, and its precursor Southland Ballet Academy. Her credentials as a classical ballet dancer include an impressive list of leading roles in wellknown classical ballets, as well as appearances in original contemporary pieces. During her distinguished career

as a professional dancer, Rizkalla had the privilege of working under the direction of world-renowned choreographers Leonid Lavrovsky and Serge Lifar. Trained in the Russian Vaganova method and having studied with ballet masters of the Bolshoi and the Kirov, Rizkalla holds a bachelor of arts degree in Ballet Pedagogy. Under Rizkalla’s tutelage and guidance, dancers have achieved their greatest goals by joining prestigious national and international ballet companies. In addition to her responsibilities as the artistic director of Festival Ballet Theatre and her busy teaching schedule at the Southland Ballet Academy, Rizkalla was a faculty member of several area institutions in Orange County. A fully credentialed California teacher, she has been a dedicated educator, a tireless promoter of the arts, and an active participant in the cultural life of her community for more than 25 years. Her contributions have been recognized by The Orange County Music and Arts Administrators and Orange County Performing Arts Center with an Orange County Arts Educator of the Year Award for Secondary Dance (2003). Youth America Grand Prix has awarded Rizkalla Outstanding Teacher accolades for many years, including 2012. Stella Abrera Guest Artist Dec. 21 at 7pm, Dec. 22 at 1pm & 6pm, Dec. 23 at 2pm, Dec. 24 at 11am

Stella Abrera of South Pasadena, Ca. began her studies with Philip and Charles Fuller and Cynthia Young at Le Studio in Pasadena. She also spent three years studying the Royal Academy of Dance method with Joan and Monica Halliday at the Halliday Dance Centre in Sydney, Australia. Abrera joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in 1996 and was appointed soloist in 2001. Her repertoire with ABT includes Afternoon of a Faun, Apollo, La Bayadère, The Bright Stream, Cinderella, Coppélia, Le Corsaire, Fancy Free, Giselle, Manon, The Nutcracker, among others. Abrera created the roles of His Memory and His Experiences in HereAfter, the Spanish Dance in Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, His Mistress in Weren’t We Fools? and leading roles in Pièce d’Occasion with Herbie Hancock, Pretty Good Year and Seven Sonatas. Abrera received the Gold Medal at the Royal Academy of Dance’s Adeline Genée Awards in London in 1995. Maxim Beloserkovsky Guest Artist Dec. 18 at 7pm, Dec. 19 at 7pm, Dec. 20 at 7pm, Dec. 21 at 2pm

A principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, Maxim Beloserkovsky received his dance training at the Kiev Ballet Institute. In 1990, he danced as a leading soloist with the National Opera of Bulgaria where he remained for one year. From 1991 to 1994, he was a principal dancer with the National Opera Ballet of Ukraine. He performed most of the major roles in the classical repertory. In 1993, Mr. Beloserkovsky was honored by the president of Ukraine for outstanding artistic achievement. Joining ABT in 1994, Mr. Beloserkovsky was made a soloist in 1995 and was appointed principal dancer in 2000. His repertoire with ABT includes leading roles in Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Romeo and Julie, Giselle, IRVINE BARCLAY THEATRE | 5

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Raymonda, The Dream, the lead in Theme and Variations, Le Corsaire, among others. His athleticism and style have also earned him leading roles in important contemporary works: Twyla Tharp’s Push Comes to Shove, The Elements and The Brahams-Haydn Variations; Nacho Duato’s Without Words and Remanso; Natalie Weir’s Hereafter; Mark Morris’s Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes. He and Ms. Dvorovenko are the proud parents of daughter Emma Galina. Fabrice Calmels Guest Artist Dec. 13 at 7pm, Dec. 14 at 2pm & 7pm, Dec. 15 at 1pm & 6pm

Born and raised in France, Fabrice Calmels began ballet training at the age of three. In 1991, he entered the Paris Opera School. He has worked with world-renowned dance masters such as Serge Golovine, Gilbert Mayer, Max Bozzoni, John Neumier, Jirí Kylián, among others. He has performed at the beautiful Palais Garnier opera theatre. In 1998, he moved to the United States and furthered his training by joining The Rock School. At Boston Ballet, he learned the Russian technique with ballet masters Tatiana Terekhova and Sergei Berezhnoi and also the Balanchine style at The School of American Ballet. Mr. Calmels joined The Joffrey Ballet in 2002 and has danced in the Age of Innocence, Apollo, Carousel a Dance, The Clowns, I/DNA, In the Middle…Somewhat Elevated, The Nutcracker and Suite Saint Saëns. Fabrice has appeared several times on television and was featured on Chicago’s WGN TV. He dances with ABT Principal, Veronica Part in guest performances. He has also expanded into acting, performing the role of Nijinsky in MISIA by writer Barry Singer, performed at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival. In 2008, Mr. Calmels collaborated with world-famous musician JeanFelix Lalanne, and his choreography was performed at Autour de la Guitarre in Paris. Mr. Calmels enjoys choreographing, modeling and working on “ILYS,” his new business. Irina Dvorovenko Guest Artist Dec. 18 at 7pm, Dec. 19 at 7pm, Dec. 20 at 7pm, Dec. 21 at 2pm

A principal dancer with ABT, Irina Dvorovenko was born in Kiev, Ukraine and began her ballet training at the Kiev Ballet School at the age of 10. She joined the National Opera Ballet of Kiev in 1990 as a soloist, rising to the rank of principal dancer in 1992. A dancer of infinite range, her repertoire with the National Opera Ballet included leading roles in many of the great classics: La Bayadère, Don Quixote, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Cinderella and Paquita. Ms. Dvorovenko’s superlative style and technique have been recognized in numerous ballet competitions throughout the world. Her most notable awards include the 1994 Grand Prix at the International Ballet Competition Serge Lifar in Ukraine, the 1992 Gold Medal and “Anna Pavlova” Prize at the International Ballet Competition in Moscow, the 1991 Bronze Medal at the International Ballet Competition in Osaka, Japan, 6 | IRVINE BARCLAY THEATRE

and the 1990 Silver Medal at the International Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. Joining ABT in 1996, Ms. Dvorovenko was made a soloist in 1997 and was appointed principal dancer in 2000. Her diverse repertoire with ABT includes La Bayadère, Cinderella, Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Raymonda, Coppélia, The Nutcracker, among others. Dvorovenko also excels in contemporary choreography and has danced leading roles in Twyla Tharp’s Push Comes to Shove, The Brahams-Haydn Variations and In The Upper Room; Balanchine’s Symphony in C; and Kylián’s Petit Mort. Ms. Dvorovenko was the face of Movado Watches for three years. She is married to ABT principal dancer Maxim Beloserkovsky; together, they are the proud parents of Emma Galine, born in March 2005. Sascha Radetsky Guest Artist Dec. 21 at 7pm, Dec. 22 at 1pm & 6pm, Dec. 23 at 2pmDec. 24 at 11am

Born in Santa Cruz, Ca., Radetsky began his ballet studies in the San Francisco Bay Area. At the age of 15, he was invited to study in Moscow at the Bolshoi Academy under world-renowned men’s teacher Pytor Pestov. After a year in Russia, he studied on scholarship at the Kirov Academy in Washington, D. C. He studied on scholarship at the summer programs of the School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theatre’s School of Classical Ballet with Mikhail Baryshnikov. Radetsky joined ABT as an apprentice in 1995, became a member of the corps de ballet in 1996 and a soloist in 2003. His repertoire includes La Bayadère, The Bright Stream, Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, Cinderella, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Othello, Petrouchka and Raymonda. In 2000, Radetsky starred as Charlie in the movie Center Stage as well as in pop singer Mandy Moore’s music video “I Wanna Be With You” from the Center Stage soundtrack. He has appeared in numerous television and print commercials as well as starring roles in the PBS movie Home at Last and in the NBC television series Midnight Caller. He has written for Newsweek, Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit and World Arts He is married to ABT Soloist Stella Abrera. In 2008, Radetsky joined Dutch National Ballet as a principal dancer, where his repertoire included Don Giovanni,  Don Quixote, The Four Temperaments, Giselle and Prodigal Son.  Beckanne Sisk Guest Artist Dec. 13 at 7pm, Dec. 14 at 2pm & 7pm, Dec. 15 at 1pm & 6pm

Beckanne Sisk studied at Longview Ballet Theater until the age of 14. She then moved to Philadelphia, PA to attend The Rock School for Dance Education’s RAPA program for four years. Sisk won the Jerome Robbins Award in 2007. She joined Ballet West II in 2010, was promoted to New Dancer in 2011, Demi-Soloist in 2012 and then to Soloist in 2013. She has performed leading roles in Anna Marie Holmes Don Quixote, The Firebird, and Marius Petipa’s Paquita. Sisk has been featured on Breaking Pointe, a TV series on the CW.  She

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competed in the Beijing International Ballet Competition in June 2012, winning the Bronze Medal. Sisk was featured in the “On The Rise” column of Dance Magazine in July 2012, and was the recipient of the 2012 Princess Grace, Dance Fellowship Award.

COMPANY DANCERS AJ Abrams is a native of Long Beach, Ca. At age 19, he began his professional career at Ballet Austin. His credits with Ballet Austin include original works by Stephen Mills such as Hamlet, a featured role in the ballet Touch, and The Taming of the Shrew. He performed a solo role in Septime Webers’ Fluctuating Hemlines and principal roles as the Sugar Plum Cavalier in The Nutcracker and Albrecht in Giselle. He is currently a member of the Luminario Ballet of Los Angeles and Festival Ballet Theatre. Most recently, he performed in a music video for Florence and the Machine.

Eddy Borges began his ballet studies at the Escuela Profesional de Ballet y Artes Plasticas and Cuba’s Istituto Superior de Artes. He danced and choreographed for the Camaguey Ballet for five years. Subsequently, he took part in a cultural exchange with the Ballet del Teatro Centro de Artes in Ecuador. He danced at Ecuador’s Compania Nacional de Danza, and left Ecuador as First Dancer of Ecuador’s National Ballet. In addition to The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet and Carmen, he has also danced in neoclassical works of several choreographers. He is currently a principal artist with Ballet Latino de San Antonio.

Mariana Carrillo was born in Eagle Pass, Texas in 1995. She was raised in San Jose del Cabo, BCS and started her basic dance training at age four in Estudio del Angel. In 2006, she joined Danza Tellez. Ms. Carrillo has attended several summer intensive programs, including Pirouetteando, Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Southland Ballet Academy. In August 2012, she moved to Austin, Texas to continue her training at Ballet Austin. Today, she continues her training at Southland Ballet Academy under the direction of Salwa Rizkalla and Christina Lyon.

Eddy Compos is a graduate of both the vocational arts school in Santiago de Cuba and Vicentina de la Torre, Camaguey. He has danced in national and international competitions with a repertoire that included Carnival in Venice, La Fille Mal Gardee, Majisimo, The Nutcracker and Calls from Paris. He was a soloist with the Ballet de Camaguey in Cuba, dancing in La Fille Mal Gardee, Giselle, Paquita and Coppelia. He was also a member of the Ballet Ecuatoriano de Camara in Ecuador and a soloist with Ballet Clasico de Mazatlan, Mexico, dancing the role of Peasant in Giselle, Swordsman in Don Quixote and The Nutcracker. He is currently a principal artist with Ballet Latino de San Antonio.

Marie Fuchigami, born in Japan, began her ballet training at the age of four. In 2005, she moved to the U.S. and started training with Salwa Rizkalla at Southland Ballet Academy. Marie placed in the Top 12 at Youth America Grand Prix semifinals. She was invited to the Jose Correno Summer Intensive and the trainee program of The Joffrey Ballet. She also trained at Ballet West in the summer of 2013.  Gillian George started her classical training at the Lauridsen Ballet Centre. She is now in her third year at Southland Ballet Academy and an apprentice with Festival Ballet Theatre. In 2012, she competed in the Youth America Grand Prix finals. In 2013, she was awarded Second Place in the classical division and Top 12 in the contemporary division at the YAGP Los Angeles semifinals; and competed in the finals in New York. This past summer, she was asked to dance in the Gala De Danza in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. In October, she was invited to train for two weeks, on scholarship, in the graduate class at the Royal Ballet School.

Jason Glover was raised in Fresno, CA. He began dancing at age 12. He was featured in the Top 8 in Season 5 of So You Think You Can Dance; and has worked with Katy Perry and Christina Aguilera. He has appeared on television with the Goo Goo Dolls; Dancing with the Stars, MTV Video Music Awards with Florence and the Machine, Glee, Big Time Rush, Ellen, The Dr. Oz Show and SYTYCD Lithuania. This is Jason’s third season with Festival Ballet Theatre, where he has performed featured roles in The Secret Garden, Le Corsaire, The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty. Jason performed a contemporary piece in FBT’s 2011 Gala of the Stars. Charles Johnston (Character Dancer, Dr. Drosselmeyer). A native of California, Charles Johnston has called Festival Ballet Theatre his home since 1994. He has danced all the lead character roles in the Company’s classical repertoire. Johnston continues to work as guest artist and has performed character roles with ABT, New York City Ballet and The Royal Ballet. A former teacher of dance and drama, he has studied with Frederic Franklin in New York; Michael Panaieff in Los Angeles; and Lila Zali, founder of the former Ballet Pacifica, in Orange County. Natalie Matsuura is a third year BFA candidate in Dance Performance and Choreography at UCI. She has trained with Southland Ballet Academy and Festival Ballet Theatre from the age of six and furthered her studies with summer programs at the Kirov Academy of Washington D.C. and ABT Orange County.


Her achievements include the William J. Gillespie Scholarship in Ballet Studies at UCI (Fall 2013), the YoungArts Merit Award (2011), LA Music Center Spotlight Awards (Semifinals 2010, 2011), and Top 12 in classical and contemporary regional categories of Youth America Grand Prix (2009-2011).

Jennah Pendleton, currently 17 yearsold, has been dancing at Southland Ballet Academy since the age of three. She joined FBT II in 2011. Since then, she has danced soloist roles in The Secret Garden, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, among others. She has trained at multiple summer programs around the country, including Houston Ballet Academy and Ballet West. Jennah is currently a senior in high school, and while her ultimate goal is to pursue a career in ballet, she is also passionate about modern art, literature, and film. Guzman Rosado attended the International School of Dance, Scaena, (Spain) and the School of American Ballet in New York. He won the International Competition of Dance in Coruna, Spain and in Torrelavega, Spain. He is a freelance dancer, appearing as a principal dancer with prestigious companies in the United States and Europe, including BodyTraffic in Los Angeles. He has appeared with Companhia Portuguesa de Bailado 8 | IRVINE BARCLAY THEATRE

Contemporáneo (CPBC) in Portugal and The Miami City Ballet. He teaches classical and contemporary ballet at private studios and at Loyola Marymount University.

Skye Schmidt has trained at SBA since the age of four and joined FBT in 2012. She has performed as a soloist and corps member in numerous Festival Ballet Theatre productions, including The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Coppelia, The Sleeping Beauty, among others. In 2011, she performed in the award-winning piece, Oops, in Youth America Grand Prix’s inaugural tour. Skye placed in the Top 12 in both classical and contemporary categories at Youth America Grand Prix regional 2012.  Skye is currently attending UCI.

Cameron Schwanz, a former student of the National Ballet School of Canada and the Houston Ballet Academy, is currently a freelance dancer in Southern California. Cameron has danced for such companies as Texas Ballet Theater, Ballet San Jose, Los Angeles Ballet and Festival Ballet Theatre. Cameron, as always, is thankful to his supporters, family and friends.

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Emily Villa was raised in Seal Beach, Ca. She has trained with Southland Ballet Academy since she was a teenager. She is currently attending UCI as a dance major.  She has danced with Festival Ballet Theatre in various productions, including The Nutcracker, Firebird, Sleeping Beauty and Coppelia.  

Nicole Vitale was born in Fountain Valley, Ca. She has danced at Classical Ballet Academy, Southland Ballet Academy and joined The Washington School of Ballet in 2009. She was awarded Second Place in the San Francisco Youth America Grand Prix competition. Vitale has danced in a variety of roles with The Washington Ballet: in Anna Marie Holmes’ Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet and Twyla Tharp’s When Push Comes to Shove. Her repertory also includes Balanchine’s Concerto Borocco and Four Temperaments.

Tiffany Yamasaki started her training at Southland Ballet Academy at the age of six. She became a member of FBT II in 2007 and an FBT company member in 2010. Tiffany has participated in many competitions and has performed with Festival Ballet Theatre as a soloist and in corps roles in The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty and Coppelia. Tiffany currently attends CSU Long Beach, and is in her second year of working towards a dance major degree and a major in kinesiology. Megan Yamashita attends Orange Coast College. She has been at Southland Ballet Academy, under the direction of Salwa Rizkalla, since the age of three. Some of her accomplishments include garnering Second Place in the Junior Division at the 2007 Youth America Grand Prix International Competition in Faenza, Italy; Semifinalist

in classical as well as non-classical dance at the 2008 Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards, with honorable mention in classical dance. Yamashita is also a grand prize winner of 2008 Orange County Performing Arts Center’s “Tomorrow’s Stars at the Center” in classical dance discipline. 2013-2014 FBT TRAINEES

Festival Ballet Theatre is proud to present the members of FBT Trainees, a junior company of student dancers with outstanding potential. Through FBT Trainees, Festival Ballet Theatre secures a talented base of dancers, offers performance opportunities “at home” and nurtures the stars of the future to a professional career in dance.

Front line (left to right): Makaela Wiederin, Megan Ely, Clara Mason, Olivia Harrigan Back line (left to right): Michelle Lemburg, Sydney Danci, Andrea Guite, Laurel Martinez Lex Ishimoto played Billy Elliot on Broadway and is joining us in selected performances as Fritz and Soldier Doll.


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Festival Ballet Theatre appreciates the generous support of its corporate partners.

To make a donation, please send a check payable to: Festival Ballet Theatre 9527 Garfield Avenue Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Festival Ballet Theatre is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal ID #33-0283147. For more information about the company, please visit www. ­­­


Festival Ballet Theatre gratefully acknowledges the generosity of individuals, businesses and foundations for their contributions to our programs. DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE $10,000+ Anonymous Salwa & Sabri Rizkalla UNDERWRITER $5,000 – $9,999 Anonymous Good Gracious! Lisa Ann & Tom Lydon John & Stella Seo Katrina & Roger Vogel William Lyon Homes

CHOREOGRAPHER $2,500 – $4,999 Anonymous Discount Dance Supply Hal and Jeanette Segerstrom Foundation PRINCIPAL $1,000 – $2,499 Anonymous Shey & Dennis Castonguay Rosanna Hoy Cathleen & Philip Hunter


PRINCIPAL (continued) Ike Properties, Inc. Collette & Mark Ike The Image Center Nikki & Dennis Repp The Waterfront Beach Resort

SOLOIST $500 – $999 Anonymous Aire Rite Airconditioning & Refrigeration Diem Dang & Hoang Le Christine & Tom De Nicola Wendy & Howard Grant Mary Ho Diane & Wayne Kopit Diem Dang & Hoang Le Mother’s Market & Kitchen Lydia Ringwald Teri & Chris Schmidt Seta Tchekmedyian Beverly & Edward Youssoufian ARTIST $250 – $499 Katherine Anh, DDS Karen Akashi Virginia Allhusen Vicky & Mark Blake Willa Bouwens-Killeen MaryAnn & Matthew Carroll Diana Casey Denise & Homa Daravi Ann Drew Kelly Given Wendy & Daniel Harrigan Karen & Thomas Hersh Becky Lew Photography Teri & David Neumann Kim Savage Joanna Weiss Tina & Alex Wilson APPRENTICE $100 – $249 Joan Coats Michael K. Yamamoto

For information or to join our list of donors, please visit or call 714.962.5440 A special thanks to our Nutcracker volunteers: Festival Ballet Theatre thanks all of the parents and volunteers who are integral to the success of this presentation of The Nutcracker. We appreciate all the time and energy you have put into fundraising, costumes, donations, marketing and development. Your efforts are truly priceless in allowing Festival Ballet Theatre to provide this holiday tradition. A special thanks to the Parent Level Coordinators:

Vanessa Burns, Gloria Henderson, Ellen Johnson, Bonnie Lemburg, Heather Lerma, Marrieta Merito, Jessica Neumann, Dominique O’Donnell, Sydney Simpler, Monica Suh, Monique Smith, Abril Turner, Stephanie Vervanich and Annie Werle

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IRVINE BARCLAY THEATRE A Small Hall. A Big Holiday Season.

Nearly 20,000 people will visit the Barclay this holiday season, over half of them to enjoy this production of The Nutcracker. Produced by Festival Ballet Theatre under the artistic direction of Salwa Rizkalla, it is another remarkable achievement by this Orange County-based dance company and school. The Barclay’s mission embraces supporting community cultural initiative as well as presenting national- and international-level performers: we couldn’t be prouder of the company’s artistic and organizational growth. Congratulations to Salwa and everyone in the company. Happy Holidays to all of you in the audience. Thank you for coming, and may the New Year bring you good things.

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Douglas C. Rankin President Irvine Barclay Theatre

Board of Directors Chair Jennifer Cheng Community Leader

Michael P. Clark Vice Provost University of California, Irvine

Joseph S. Lewis III Dean, UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts

Vice Chair Robert Farnsworth CEO Sonnet Technologies, Inc.

Mary Ann Gaido Community Leader

Patricia Murphy Hirata Partner McGladrey LLP

Francisco J. Ayala Professor and National Medal of Science Laureate University of California, Irvine

Michelle Grettenberg Assistant to the City Manager City of Irvine Michael Kerr Community Leader

Leason Pomeroy LP3 Architecture Mickie L. Shapiro Community Leader

Lynda Thomas Community Leader Ex Officio Steven S. Choi, Ph.D. Mayor, City of Irvine Michael V. Drake, M.D. Chancellor, UCI

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Call the Box Office at (949) 854-4646 Monday through Friday from 10am until 6pm; Saturday and Sunday from noon until 4pm. On days of a performance, the Box Office remains open through intermission. MasterCard, VISA, American Express, and Discover accepted. Late Seating To prevent disruption of a performance in progress, patrons who have not entered the theatre when the performance begins may be asked to wait in the lobby until there is a suitable interval.

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Irvine Barclay Theatre Sponsors Irvine Barclay Theatre gratefully acknowledges the generous contributions of our donors who help support the “big talent” in our “small hall.” Gifts to the Annual Fund for Excellence assist the Barclay in presenting an international roster of performers while keeping tickets reasonably priced. They also support our ArtsReach programs provided to the schools at little or no cost and “family-friendly” programming on stage. The Barclay’s mission also embraces making its beautiful facilities available to diverse community organizations such as Festival Ballet Theatre, UCI, and other educational institutions. Thank you to all of our generous donors listed here for their contributions during the previous 12 months! If you would like to join the ranks of those who make it all possible at the Barclay, you may make a donation online at or call (949) 854-4607. Bravo Barclay Presenting Sponsor $10,000 and above

Drs. Francisco & Hana Ayala* The Cheng Family Foundation* Bobbi Cox* Donor Advised Fund of the Orange County Community Foundation* Anne C. Earhart* Haskell & White, LLP Patricia Murphy Hirata & Gerry Hirata Kari & Michael Kerr* Pacific Life Foundation Sonnet Technologies, Inc.* Elizabeth R. Steele Trisha Steele Lynda Thomas

Bravo Barclay Partner $5,000 - $9,999

Allergan Foundation Erika Dadura-Crane & Marc Crane New England Foundation for the Arts* Salwa & Sabri Rizkalla Michelle Rohé William Gillespie Foundation

Public Partners

City of Irvine University of California, Irvine

* Denotes a member of Movementum, the Barclay’s dance support group.


Bravo Barclay Benefactor $2,500 - $4,999

Karen McCulley Albert & Tricia Nichols Fund Richard & Ann Sim Simon Foundation for Education and Housing Linda I. Smith Foundation Diane Stovall Alan & Barbara Wiener*

Bravo Barclay Patron $1,000 - $2,499

Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. James Alexiou The Beall Family Foundation The Human Kind Philanthropic Fund Barbara Klein Helen & Fritz Lin Janie Merkle Carl & Pat Neisser Peter & Alexandra Neptune William & Janice Parker Edward Pope & Antoinette Olivera Barbara Roberts Deborah & Frank Rugani Edward & Helen Shanbrom Family Fund Western States Arts Federation

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- IRVINE BARCLAY THEATRE Encore Circle EnthusiasT $250-$999

John W. Ballantyne Tony Battaglia & Meredith Lee* Clifford Bernstein Rosanna Brichta Kenneth J. Craig, Jr. Bob & Burnetta Denham Roger du Plessis Joel & Melanie Durst Carol Foster Heather Fuller Galeos Cafe Robert & Margaret Green Sanjiv & Geeta Grover Ranjan & Angela Gupta Michelle Johnson Judy Kaufman & George Farkas Vickie & Richard Lee Phuong & Joseph Lewis III Dick & Judy Martin Michael & Nancy Meyer Mr. & Mrs. Mitsuhiko Nakano Robert Parker Rob & Randa Phair Helga Pralle Mary Lynn Rallis Douglas C. Rankin Dr. Stephen M. Rochford Alexis Self & Jim Hedgecock* Dorothy J. Solinger John Sorich Richard & Alison Stein* Thomas & Marilyn Sutton Jennifer Szabo* Sylvia C. Turner Marilyn & Angelo Vassos Emily Vogler & Daniel Flynn


As a partner in the annual National Choreographers Initiative, Irvine Barclay Theatre is also pleased to acknowledge all those who support this important contribution to American dance. Anonymous In Memory of Frank Lynch Betty B. Anderson Mrs. Alan V. Andrews Betsy Andrews & Alex Moad Ballet Barres West William H. Bardens Victoria Barrett Fran Bass & Mark Ishimaro, MD Dr. Michael Bear Beau Corps Studio Honorable Marian Bergeson Paul Blank Laurie & Bart Brown


Anonymous Larry & Phyllis Agran Oscar R. Aguirre Richard Alexander Debbie Aslanian Thomas & Linda Bacon Dr. Michael Bear Henry Bennett Linda Berquist Jeannie Berryman Richard H. Bigelow Brad & Mary Anne Blaine Eric S. Blum Ellen Breitman & Brien Amspoker Susan Bryant Douglas T. Burch, Jr. Linda & Roland Bye H. C. Carpenter Stephen & Sheryl Caudana Terry Causey Deanna Choi Dr. Stephen Choi Kate & Michael P. Clark Carol Counter Frank Crance & Andrea Bouas Anahid Crecelius Madeleine & Alan Crivaro Milena M. Dostanich Col. & Mrs. Alan Dugard Rad & Toni Dwyer Dr. Gary Dylewski Dr. & Mrs. Robert T. Eagan Nancy Field Jeremy Freimund & Kathy Vickers Mary Ann Gaido Steve Geary Diane & Jim Geocaris

Richard Gillock Marcella Gilmore & Edward Muehl S. Glass Family Valerie Glass Ben & Sandie Goelman Sanjiv & Geeta Grover Nancy & Gary Guardabascio Erica Guzalo Mr. & Mrs. Charles R. Hartman June & Miles Herman Emory Hillman Jerry C. Huang Robert Ingold Judy & Terry Jones Mr. & Mrs. Van R. Kelsey IIl Dr. and Mrs. Solly Krom Christy Langer Dr. Martin G. Langer Edwina Lawrence Jeffrey Levy Anne Llewellyn Junling Ma Robert D. & Pat MacDonald Vindo Malhotra William March Nina Martinez Mr. & Mrs. Duane Mauzey Tony & Barbara Mendoza Mark & Jan Merryfield Gary Miller Patricia Misen Hiroko & Yoshiharu Moriwaki Sayantani Mukherjee Mr. & Mrs. Keith Nelson Ivy Ngo Mike Noggle Mike & Gail Olds Christian & Darcie Olson Glenn Osborne Robert Patterson & Renee Boblette

Ray & Montel Pentz Omar & Irene Perez Mel & Alfreda Posin Edward & Betty Quilligan Elaine Ramsay Margaret C. Riggs Nancy Lee Ruyter Mr. Martin Goldin Santangelo Judith M. Schmidt Louise Schwennesen Frances Segal & Michael Friedson Homayoun Shorooghi Dorothea Silavs Beverly & Jim Spring Alice Swan Johanna Tilley Gary & Peranza Topjon Michael Voronel Rebecca & Martin Ward Kim Waterson Diane Wick Carlos & Peggy Williams Charles & Marilyn Wright Ronald & Georgina Wu Michael & Yoshi Yamamoto Majid & Sohaila Zarrinkelk Dr. Lowell & Ina Zeleznick

David & Beverly Carmichael Concierge Podiatry Newport Beach Bobbi Cox Sophia & Larry Cripe Diane Diefenderfer & David Hanlon Roger du Plessis Gale Edelberg & Bob Butnik Henry & Janet Eggers David Emmes & Paula Tomei Cliff Faulkner & Shigeru Yaji Roberta Fox Mary & Andrew Franklin Sandra French Suzanne & Michael Fromkin Judith Gorski & Roderick Harron James & Carol Hollas Dr. Burton Karson Joanne & Dennis Keith Kari & Michael Kerr Carolyn & Willaim Klein Robert Labaree & Gillian Finley Don & Grace Laffoon Dr. Martin G. Langer

Phuong & Joseph S. Lewis III Nancy Locke Molly Lynch & Alan Andrews Kathryn Lynch & Robert McDonnell Jack Lyons Debra Maxwell Leo McDonnell Sharon McNalley Ed Moen & Janek Schergen John & Marjorie Murray Carl & Pat Neisser Tom & Marilyn Nielsen Anne B. Nutt Mrs. J. Matthew Osborne Marshall Parker John & Charlene Pasko James Penrod Jack & Jody Pike Janice & Richard Plastino Dolly A. Platt, PhD Susan Reeder Louise Ringwalt Barbara Roberts

The Robinson Foundation Michelle Rohé Andrew Rose David & Cynthia Runstrom Timothy Saunders Bruce & Jan Scherer Jack & Katharine Schoellerman Sally Anne & Don Sheridan Nick & Donna Shubin Richard & Ann Sim Jackie Smiley John & Elizabeth Stahr Elizabeth R. Steele Barbara Stevens Liz Stillwell Jennifer Szabo Chris Thayer Gary & Karen Thorne Barbara & Jack Tingley Max & Peggy Weismair Mary Vensel White & T. Jason White William Gillespie Foundation


JANUARY 30 - FEBRUARY 1 2014 A hit throughout Europe, CIRKOPOLIS finally comes to southern California!



- Belgium


STUPENDOUSLY PERFECT... World class entertainment.


- Germany



each act is more surprising than the next.


- France

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