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Kurt Gray
Lindsay Duerfeldt of Utah Regional Ballet dances as the Snow Queen.

OREM — "This classical ballet event has become a tradition for many," said Connie Burton, artistic director and owner of the Rocky Mountain Repertory Ballet Company. "It's such a nice addition to the Christmas festivities at Thanksgiving Point."

Cindy Kenney, founder of Ballet Classique, believes the show is a must-see for children of all ages.

"We want to bring the magic of the Nutcracker to everyone, " Kenney said. "After all, our theme is 'Where Christmas Magic Comes Alive.' "

For the Utah Regional Ballet, it's a tradition that started on stage at Brigham Young University that will now be performed at the SCERA Center for the Arts in Orem.

Whatever the venue, from the moment the Nutcracker Prince winds up the toymaker's life-size dolls, adults and children alike are drawn into the spell of the story that is ultimately a young girl's Christmas Eve fantasy.

The story includes angels, the Sugarplum Fairy, dancing Christmas candy, the Snow Prince and Snow Queen, an imaginative young girl, a Christmas tree that grows and grows and children who appear from under the skirts of a giant, beautiful lady.

Gorgeous costuming, breathtaking scenery, beautiful music and magic seem to permeate every aspect of the story, leaving audiences to wonder what was fantasy and what really happened.

If you go

What: Utah Regional Ballet's "Nutcracker"

Where: SCERA Showhouse II, 745 S. State, Orem

When: 7:30 p.m., Dec. 2-23, 2 p.m. matinees Dec. 3,10,17, 23.

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How much: $18 adults, $16 children, seniors

Phone: 225-2569

Web: www.scera.org

What: Rocky Mountain Repertory Ballet's "Nutcracker"

Where: Show Barn, Thanksgiving Point in Lehi (take Alpine/Highland exit)

When: 7 p.m. plus 9:30 a.m. school matinees, Dec. 6 and 7

How much: $14 adults, $9 children, if purchased in advance (Schools call 735-9147)

Phone: 801-325-SEAT

Web: www.ticketmaster.com

What: Ballet Classique's "Nutcracker"

Where: Mountain View High School, 645 W. Center, Orem

When: 7 p.m., Dec. 9, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 10

How much: $8

Phone: 225-5442 (or purchase at 375 S. Orem Blvd.)