Dance, Christmas

Saint Louis Ballet: The Nutcracker

When: Fri., Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 17, 2:30 & 7 p.m., Sun., Dec. 18, 2:30 & 7 p.m., Tue., Dec. 20, 2:30 & 7:30 p.m., Thu., Dec. 22, 2:30 & 7:30 p.m. and Fri., Dec. 23, 2:30 & 7:30 p.m. 2016

The Saint Louis Ballet performs The Nutcracker every holiday season to sell-out crowds, but you'll never see the same show twice. Every year sees new choreography from artistic director Gen Horiuchi, which also requires a re-thinking of the show's lavish special effects (pyrotechnics and glitter among them). The dancers of the professional company are joined by students of the Saint Louis Ballet School, and Mother Ginger (the character whose many children emerge from under her voluminous skirts to perform a celebratory dance) will be played by a special surprise guest this year. The Saint Louis Ballet presents The Nutcracker at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 & 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday (December 16 to 18), and then at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (December 20, 22 and 23). All shows are at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus (1 University Drive at Natural Bridge Road; Tickets are $35 to $69.

Paul Friswold

Price: $35-$69

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