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BalletNova Opens Production Of The Nutcracker This Weekend

The Baileys Crossroads dance conservatory BalletNova is presenting its rendition of “The Nutcracker” tonight through Dec. 7 at the Thomas Jefferson Community Theater, located at 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington.

The featured performers this year are two BalletNova alumni, Simon Bull and Frank Spohn, dancing in the roles of Nutcracker/Cavalier and the Mouse King. Conservatory student Amara Forsley, recipient of the 2015 Fredgren Scholarship Award and the 2015 Fairfax County Dance Coalition Senior Student Scholarship Award, is dancing as the Sugar Plum Fairy.

BalletNova’s “Nutcracker,” choreographed by Nancie Woods and Caroline Frankil Warren in 2003 to Tchaikovsky’s legendary score, leads you through the magical story of Clara and her mysterious Uncle Drosselmayer and her adventures with giant mice, life-size dolls, fairies, beautiful snowflakes and a lush Kingdom of the Sweets. A sophisticated 1940s party scene will set the tone for the family-friendly performance.

The performance schedule is as follows: Thursday, Dec. 4 and Friday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 6 and 7 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.; and “Petite Performances” at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12 and at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13.

The Petite Performances, abbreviated versions of the full-length performance, are especially suited for children ages 2 – 5. Tickets for the full-length performance are $13 – $35 with discounts for students and seniors and tickets for the Petite Performances are $15 for children under age 12 and $20 for everyone else.

All tickets are an additional $3 at the door. For more information, visit balletnova.org.