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Colorado Ballet performs ‘The Nutcracker!’ through Dec. 24

DENVER — The Colorado Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker!” adds a little bit of magic to the holiday season.

The 56th annual production of the classic ballet features 30 Company dancers, 20 Studio Company dancers and 65 Academy dancers, as well as the live performance of Tchaikovsky’s arrangement by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

Lavish costumes and timeless choreography bring the extravagant characters to life — including magic fairies, comical villains and, of course, a dreamy prince.

Clara is enchanted when her eccentric uncle presents her with a wooden Nutcracker at her parents’ Christmas party.

Their fairy-tale romance unfolds after after Clara helps the Nutcracker defeat the Mouse King in a whimsical battle and he is transformed into a handsome prince.

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Clara and the prince travel together to the Land of Snow, where more than a dozen dancers in pale blue flitter through the falling flakes. It’s truly a magical sight.

The second act is full of vibrant characters and lively routines symbolizing exotic holiday gifts such as Arabian coffee, Spanish chocolate and Chinese tea.

It also features Principal Dancer Maria Mosina, as the Sugarplum Fairy, in her 21st and final season at Colorado Ballet.

(Photo by Mike Watson)

(Photo by Mike Watson)

And there’s the hilarious and oversized “Mother Ginger” who is full of surprises.

Performances are scheduled through Dec. 24 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. To save 20 percent, order tickets and use the promo code: FAMILY.