The Snow corps from South Shore Ballet Theatre's 2019 production of "The Nutcracker."
The Snow Corps from South Shore Ballet Theatre’s 2019 production of “The Nutcracker”, Maura Longueil

THE PATRIOT LEDGER – Set to Tchaikovsky’s romantic score, “The Nutcracker” ballet is a whimsical Christmas fantasy that tells the story of a little girl, Clara, who flies off to a magical land when her nutcracker doll comes to life. With such a fairy-tale story line, it’s no wonder “The Nutcracker” has become a holiday tradition, not to mention one of the few ballets to enjoy mainstream popularity. You can get your fill of sugar plum fairies and magical princes with several productions of “The Nutcracker.”

BOSTON BALLET: Among the familiar attractions in the company’s “Nutcracker” are a Christmas tree that soars 45 feet and onstage “snowfall.” Thirty-five performances run Nov. 26 through Dec. 26 at the Citizens Bank Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston. 617-695-6955 or

Featuring children from the South Shore:

South Shore Ballet Theatre’s annual holiday tradition of The Nutcracker returns to the stage this December, image by Maura Longueil

SOUTH SHORE BALLET THEATRE:  Ninety ballerinas, mice, soldiers, snowflakes, polichinelles and more take the stage at 2 p.m. Dec.18-19 at Thayer Academy Center for the Arts, 745 Washington St., Braintree. Tickets are $22;

South Shore dancers include:

URBAN NUTCRACKER:  A mix of classical ballet, hip-hop and tap, “Urban Nutcracker” is performed by more than 150 child and professional dancers. Performances are Dec. 18-23 at the Boch Center Shubert Theater, Boston;

Featuring South Shore children:

A scene from "Urban Nutcracker."
A scene from “Urban Nutcracker” Peter Paradise Michaels

BRAINTREE BALLET:  The talented young dancers celebrate the ballet studio’s 25th anniversary with a fantastical voyage to the Land of Sweets in the company’s full-length production at 6 p.m. Dec. 11 and 2 p.m. Dec. 12 at East Middle School, 305 River St., Braintree; 781-380-8856;

Dancers include:

Braintree Ballet's "Nutcracker" cast includes, from left, Lucy Pimental, Sophia Cheung, Alexandra Dodge, Gabrielle Cassidy, Lexi Downing, Abigail Nicholas, Gwendolynne Jenkins, Michaela Heath, Ianna Tai, Ashleigh O'Keefe, Claire Mortimer, Emily Nicholas and Riley Pendergast.
Braintree Ballet’s Nutcracker cast – MKC Photography

DANCE WORKSHOP OF HANOVER:  Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy journey through The Palace of Sweets and Santa’s Workshop in Dance Workshop of Hanover’s “Holiday Spectacular.” Performances are at 4 p.m. Dec. 18 and 2 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Whitman-Hanson Regional High School auditorium, 600 Franklin St., Hanson; $22-$25; 781-829-0390;

South Shore dancers include:

INTERNATIONAL BALLET ACADEMY OF NORWELL: 4 p.m. Dec. 11 at Scituate Center for the Performing Arts, 606 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Scituate, 339-788-9670; (The academy did not provide the names of its dancers.) 


The Festival Ballet Providence: Dec. 17-24 at The Vets, One Avenue of the Arts,  Providence; 401-421-2787,

The Hip Hop Nutcracker: Jan. 1 at  Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston St., Boston;

By Dana Barbuto

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Editor’s Note: Every attempt has been made to print complete, accurate lists of these names. If we have missed any dancers or made any errors, email [email protected]