By Bridgette Redman
Can’t get enough of “The Nutcracker”? There are plenty to choose from in the Phoenix area.
Professional dancers perform to Tchaikovsky’s score using the choreography and unique storytelling of their artistic director, Slawomir Wozniak. The Scottsdale Airpark-based ballet includes such twists as having Drosselmeyer on stage as an emcee throughout the second act.
Orpheum Theater, 203 W. Adams Street, Phoenix, phoenixballet.org, various times Friday, December 13, to Tuesday, December 23.
This “Nutcracker” is Ballet Etudes’ 33rd annual and is performed by young dancers, ages 7 to 18.
They perform at two locations: Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler (to Sunday, December 8), and the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main Street, Mesa (Saturday, December 14, to Sunday, December 22), balletetudes.net.
Dance Studio 111
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Ahwatukee Foothills “The Nutcracker,” performed by youth ages 3 to 21. Three of this year’s dancers have a combined 40 “Nutcrackers” between them. One started when she was age 1 as a Baby Mouse, another at age 2 in the same role and the third as a little Match Girl at age 6. Now seniors in high school, the three will share the roles of Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen and Butterfly Queen. The group’s website also has lots of Nutcracker items for sale, including T-shirts that say “I’m a Snowflake” and “I like the party scene.”
Desert Vista Fine Arts Theatre, 16440 S. 32nd Street, Ahwatukee Foothills, afnutcracker.com, various times Saturday, December 14, and Sunday, December 15.
Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker”
The Moscow Ballet is touring the “Great Russian Nutcracker,” which features an adult Masha instead of Clara. The Russian cast performs alongside local children from Heart and Sole Performing Arts in Avondale and Surprise.
Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington Street, Phoenix (7 p.m. Thursday, December 5), and Centennial Hall, University of Arizona, Tucson (7 p.m. Monday, December 16), ticketmaster.com.
Southwest Youth Ballet
The Southwest Youth Ballet performs the traditional “Nutcracker” accompanied by the Chandler Symphony Orchestra. The company is dedicated to dancers ages 13 to 18 who want to become professional dancers.
Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert, southwestyouthballettheatre.org, 7 p.m. Friday, December 13, 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, December 14, and 3 p.m. Sunday, December 15.