colton nutcracker

‘The Nutcracker’ comes to area stages

(Featured image is from the Colton Ballet Co.’s Nutcracker.)

Set to the music of Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker tells the story of a young girl who is whisked away into a magical land of the sweets after a Christmas party at her home.

And it’s coming to several area stages over the coming weeks.

The Nutcracker Magical Christmas Ballet will be at the Miller Theater Monday, Nov. 20.

With an international cast and principal dancers from the Ukraine, the production features “jaw-dropping acrobatics, larger than life puppets and stunning hand-crafted sets and costumes,” according to the Miller Theater website.

 The performance begins at 7 p.m.

The Augusta Ballet’s Nutcracker will be Dec. 15. Courtesy photo

 Tickets are $24-$175.

 Augusta’s longest running production of The Nutcracker will be presented by the Colton Ballet Company Thanksgiving weekend.

Marking its 52nd anniversary this weekend, the production features guest performers Augusta native Brian Joe, Olivia Powell of the Diablo Ballet, San Francisco; and John Mingle and David Odenwelder of the Alabama Ballet and students from the Colton Ballet School.

“Colton Ballet’s version of The Nutcracker was staged after the famous Balanchine production that the New York City Ballet continues to perform today. Director Emeritus, Ron Colton, danced in George Balanchine’s Nutcracker in the 1950s,” according to a news release from the Colton Ballet.

The company will debut a new Mother Ginger Costume  this season, designed and created by renowned Costume Designer Ken Busbin, the news release said.

Performances will be at 7 p.m., Nov. 24 and 1 and 5 p.m. Nov. 25 and Nov 26 at the Imperial Theatre.

Tickets are $17-$49 and are available at or at the Imperial Theatre box office.

The Augusta Ballet will bring its version of The Nutcracker to the Columbia County Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15. Tickets are $29-$84 and are available here.

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