FRIDAY 12/13-SUNDAY 12/15. Robinson Performance Hall. $23-$102.
The sound of Tchaikovsky’s tinkling celesta calls up visions of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the holiday to just a few pirouettes away. Ballet Arkansas joins with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra to present the beloved ballet “The Nutcracker,” first performed in 1892 and millions of times since. The three performances will feature two choral ensembles and a cast of more than 250 children and adults from across the state. Tickets are available from the box office (501-244-8800) or ticketmaster.com; persons who purchase seats on rows D and E (the “sweet seats”) will receive a gift. Ballet Arkansas is also selling Nutcracker Spectacular commemorative ornaments at balletarkansas.org.