Christmas in St. Louis means two things will happen. First, the local weather people will tease the possibility of a white Christmas even if temperatures are in the 60s on Christmas Eve. Second, you're gonna witness a performance of The Nutcracker
. Perhaps no dance company in town makes it easier for you to unlock that second holiday achievement than Saint Louis Ballet
. With thirteen performances of Tchaikovsky's fairy tale ballet in a ten-day span, you actually have to exert more effort to not attend than to go. Saint Louis Ballet artistic director Gen Horiuchi has choreographed the show for a modern audience, but with the utmost tradition for the ballet form so that the story of young Clara and her magical Christmas night adventure with a heroic Nutcracker and a menacing Mouse King remains accessible and enchanting. Saint Louis Ballet presents The Nutcracker
at 7 p.m. Friday, December 14; 2:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday, December 15; 2 p.m. Sunday, December 16; 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 19; and 2:30 and 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday (December 20 through 23). All performances take place at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus (1 University Drive at Natural Bridge Road; 314-516-4949 or www.touhill.org
). Tickets are $17 to $49.
Dec. 14-16; Dec. 19-23, 2012