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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