Gillian Murphy will guest with Festival Ballet Theatre.
At the Irvine Barclay Theatre on Saturday and Sunday, Murphy will join about 40 Festival Ballet Theatre dancers who range from high school to middle age. Fellow American Ballet Theatre principal Cory Stearns will play the role of Albrecht, Giselle's duplicitous pursuer. The Fountain Valley company, which formed in 1988, last staged "Giselle" 10 years ago.
Murphy, a New York resident, expressed pleasure at returning to Orange County.