If you are a nut, then you may want to consider leaving town.
The holiday season is bringing several “Nutcracker” ballets to South Florida.
Here’s a roundup of 11 “Nutcrackers” you shouldn’t miss:
BOCA BALLET THEATRE
In addition to the ballet, the company will host a Gingerbread Ball on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at which young people can meet Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy and other magical characters at a post-matinee children’s party.
When: Nov. 29-Dec. 1, various times
Where: Olympic Heights Performing Arts Theater, 20101 Lyons Road, Boca Raton
Contact: 561-995-0709 or BocaBallet.org.
MIAMI YOUTH BALLET
Appropriate for ages 4 and up, this version features choreography for a cast of 100 young dancers by Yanis Pikieris and Marielena Mencia.
When: 8 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7
Where: South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Miami
ARTS BALLET THEATRE OF FLORIDA
Vladimir Issaev’s ballet will be presented in three South Florida venues, but the opening gala will be held at the Fillmore Miami Beach at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8.
When: Dec. 8-22, various times
Where: Dec. 8 Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave.; Dec. 13-15 at Aventura Arts and Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St.; and Dec 21-22 at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale
Cost: Miami Beach $47.50-$52.50 ($100.50 for VIP gala tickets); Aventura $35; and Fort Lauderdale $15-$35
Contact: 305-948-4777 or ArtsBalletTheatre.org.
“Sesame Street” puppeteer Noel MacNeal and South Florida composer Jim Camacho have come up with a new twist on the seasonal favorite with “Mouse King.”
When: 7 p.m. Dec. 13 and 3 p.m. Dec. 14
Where: Mandelstam Theater (the Mandelstam School), 8530 SW 57th Ave., Miami
Contact: 800-838-3006 or MouseKingMusical.BrownpaperTickets.com.
THE CHOCOLATE NUTCRACKER
Ashanti Cultural Arts presents this Afrocentric adaptation featuring African drummers, multicultural dancers and the celebration of Kwanzaa through a score that includes classical and jazz.
When: 7 p.m. Dec. 14
Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Cost: $15 and $12 for seniors and students; $3 lap seats (for infants 1 year or younger).
Contact: 954-462-0222 or AshantiCulturalArts.com.
RUSSIAN BALLET OF ORLANDO
From Orlando with love, it’s the Russian Academy of Ballet on tour with a stop in Sunrise.
When: 2 p.m. Dec. 14
Where: Sunrise Civic Center Theatre, 10110 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise
Cost: $18 ($14 for students and $10 for children)
Contact: 954-747-4646 or SunriseFL.gov.
INTERNATIONAL BALLET COMPANY
The company from Weston’s International Dance Academy will feature a cast of 120 dancers in its 14th season in Coral Springs.
When: 2 p.m. Dec. 14-15
Where: Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive
MIAMI CITY BALLET
The lavish staging features the only South Florida production using George Balanchine’s choreography. The MCB will visit Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Broward counties.
When: Dec. 19-Jan. 5, various times
Where: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (Dec. 19-24), 1300 NE Biscayne Blvd., in Miami; Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (Dec. 27-30), 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; and the Broward Center (Jan. 3-5)
Cost: Tickets start at $20.
Contact: 877-929-7010 or MiamiCityBallet.org.
FORT LAUDERDALE BALLET CLASSIQUE
This will be the 40th annual performance of Tchaikovsky’s Christmas classic by this company under the artistic direction of Magda Aunon.
When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 and 3 p.m. Dec. 21
Where: Township Center for the Performing Arts, 2424 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek
Contact: 954-537-4195 or FortLauderdaleBallet.com.
FORT LAUDERDALE CHILDREN’S THEATRE
Think of this “Nutcracker” as a holiday play with music.
When: 7 p.m. Dec. 20, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 21
Where: Ralph R. Bailey Concert Hall (Broward College central campus), 3501 SW Davie Road, Davie
Contact: 954-763-6882 or FLCT.org.
BALLET ETUDES OF SOUTH FLORIDA
The company’s 39th anniversary performance will spotlight international guest stars and a cast of more than 100 dancers under the direction of artistic director Susana Prieto. Each performance will be followed by a meet-and-greet.
When: 3 p.m. Dec. 21 and 8 p.m. Dec. 22
Where: Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Place
Cost: $40 and $50
Contact: 954-602-4500 or MiramarCulturalCenter.org.
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