Dueling Nutcrackers

• Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre performs The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, its reinvention of the holiday classic. New music and characters enhance the original E.T.A. Hoffman story. According to a press release, “This isn’t your mama’s Nutcracker – it’s better!” Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3, 7:30 p.m. at Diana Wortham Theatre. $25 for adults or $20 for children, students and seniors.

• Asheville Ballet returns with its seasonal showing of The Nutcracker. It’s “a full-length production featuring all the classical beauty and all the bells and whistles of the original Russian production over 100 years old.” Held at Diana Wortham Theatre Friday, Dec. 9-Sunday, Dec. 11. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday with 2:30 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $25 for orchestra sides and balcony, $35 for front orchestra and $50 for the mezzanine. Students and children 12 and under are $15.

• On Thursday and Friday, Dec. 15 and 16, Ballet Conservatory of Asheville “breathes new life into every child’s favorite holiday tradition, emphasizing elegant ballet on a mysterious December’s eve,” according to Diana Wortham Theatre (where the performances are held). 5 and 7:45 p.m. nightly. $20 adults, $10 children 12 and under.

• Moscow Ballet brings its Great Russian Nutcracker to the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium on Monday, Dec. 19. “The Great Russian Nutcracker is a unique event that captures the holiday spirit of Christmas. Audiences keep coming back for more of this yearly tradition,” says press for the event. 7:30 p.m., $37.50-$68.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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