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It’s that time of year when a little girl and her magical doll show off their fancy footwork on a starry night littered with evil ballerina rats.

During young Clara’s whimsical adventure, she encounters dancing candies and coffees, a fairy and other characters in the ageless tale of “The Nutcracker.”

With a bevy of performances slated to hit stages throughout Kent and Sussex counties, here’s a guide to where you can catch the productions.

1. Delaware Dance Alliance

WHEN 2 p.m. Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday

WHERE Seaford High School, 399 N. Market St.

COST $12 adult; $8 children and seniors

INFO Visit dedancealliance.com or call 422-2633

2. Diamond Dance Company

WHEN 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday

WHERE Milford High School, 1019 N. Walnut St.

COST $20 premium; $15 adult; $10 senior

INFO Visit southerndelawareballet.com

3. Ballet Theatre of Dover

WHEN 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday

WHERE Schwartz Center for the Arts, 226 S. State St.

COST $12 to $25

INFO Visit schwartzcenter.com or call 678-5152

4. Delaware Ballet

WHEN 7 p.m. Dec. 11; 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 12

WHERE Delaware State University, Dover

COST $15 adults; $10 age 12 or younger

INFO Visit Delawareballet.net

5. First State Ballet Theatre

WHEN 7 p.m., Dec. 12

WHERE Del Tech Owens Campus, Georgetown

COST $20 adults and $15 for Del Tech staff, students and seniors

INFO Visit dtcc.edu or call 259-6102