Sweet `Nutcrackers'


With holiday songs making their way onto radio playlists, and decorations already decking the malls, it's time to get into the seasonal spirit. One way to get into the swing of things is to catch one of the many area versions of The Nutcracker. Here is a sampling of local performances:

The Baltimore Ballet Company: The Nutcracker. Students and Baltimore Ballet dancers perform at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10 and 3 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson. $18 ($12 for children and students). 410-667-7974 or baltimoreballet.com.

The Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra provides Tchaikovsky's score for the Ballet Theatre of Maryland's first two performances Dec. 10 and 11. Tickets are $40-$50. On Dec. 17 and 18, the ballet is danced to recorded music but includes a Sugar Plum Party. Tickets for these performances are $22-$42. Times vary. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St. in Annapolis. 410-263-5544 or marylandhall.org.

The Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker is a traditional performance that restores the play to its Russian roots. Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 and 17 (matinee at 2 p.m. Dec. 17). Tickets are $23-$63 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com. Visit nutcracker.com.

For the first time, the Howard County Ballet's annual performance of The Nutcracker will include live music performed by the Howard County Ballet Orchestra. Performances are at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 and at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road, at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia. Tickets are $22 ($15 for children, seniors and students). Call 410-465-8233, or visit howardcountyballet.org.

The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Performing Arts presents a full-length production of The Nutcracker, as well as a kids-only variation, Tea With Clara. Showtimes are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 17 and 18. "Tea With Clara" follows the Dec. 18, matinee. The event will be at the Community College of Baltimore County's Essex campus, 7201 Rossville Blvd. Tickets are $18 ($15 for kids and seniors, $5 for Tea With Clara). 410-679-ARTS or danceatmcpa.com.

Harford Dance Theatre's Nutcracker opens at 5 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Amoss Center at Harford Technical High School, 2001 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air. It runs through Dec. 4. Times vary. Tickets are $7-$14. Call 410-836-4211, or visit the box office, Chesapeake Center, Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air.

Washington Ballet Company: The Nutcracker. Incorporating references to life in Washington, the Washington Ballet Company's performance plays at the Warner Theatre, 1299 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington. Showtimes are Tuesdays through Saturdays Dec. 1-24. Times vary. $29-$72. For tickets, call 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

Nicole Gait Center of Performing Arts presents The Nutcracker at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Dec 10 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 3800 N. Charles St. $10-$15. Call 410-666-5710 or visit nicolegait.com.

Arabesque Dance Studio presents The Nutcracker at 7 p.m. Dec. 9, at 1:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 10 and at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $10. 410-381-0017 or livetodance.com.

Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy presents The Nutcracker tomorrow through Dec. 4 at Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. Times vary. Advance $18, at the door $20. 301-279-5301 or metropolitanballettheatre.com.

Columbia Figure Skating Club's The Nutcracker on Ice runs Dec. 10 and 11 at Columbia Ice Rink, Oakland Mills Village Center, 5876 Thunder Hill Road, Columbia. Times vary. $9. 410-813-4026 or columbiafsc.mmwebserver.com.

The Donetsk Ballet Company from Ukraine presents a Nutcracker performance co-sponsored by the Anna Apicella School of Dance, and its students dance the children's roles. Perry Hall High School, 4601 Ebenezer Road. At noon, 3 p.m. and at 6 p.m. Dec. 18. $30. 410-561-1974 or annaapicellaschoolofdance.com.

Olney Children's Ballet Theatre presents The Nutcracker Dec. 3, 4, 10 and 11. Times vary. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, at Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. $9.50-$15. 301-405-ARTS or ocbt.org.

National Ballet Company and School's full-length production of The Nutcracker plays Dec. 16, 17, 18 and 21, and a shorter Nutcracker Suite runs Dec. 14, 15, 19 and 20. Hallam Theatre, Prince George's Community College, 301 Largo Road, Largo. Times vary. $15-$22.50. 301-261-0261 or nationalballet.com.

American Ballet Theatre presents The Nutcracker Dec. 7-11 at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. N.W., Washington. $47-$112. Times vary. 202-467-4600 or kennedy-center.org.

Momentum Dance Theatre offers a Jazz, Hip Hop Nutcracker. This production involves hip-hop, break dancing, tap dances to Duke Ellington's version of the holiday classic at Stuart Hobson Middle School, 410 E St. N.E., Washington. Dec. 10-18. Times vary. $10-$14. 202-785-0035 or momentumdancetheatre.com.



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