Deidre Gibb of Utah Regional Ballet dances the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in "The Nutcracker" in 2006.

PROVO — The Utah Regional Ballet, the professional ballet company in residence at Utah Valley State College, will mark the 25th anniversary of "The Nutcracker" ballet performances by honoring all 50 dancers who have played the role of Clara on opening night.

The evening performances will feature a live orchestra under the direction of Bryce Rytting, chairman of the music department at UVSC with original choreography by artistic director Jacqueline Colledge, scenic design by Bill Kirkpatrick and costume design by Sarah B. Price. Each performance will also feature more than 125 dancers with youth artists Savanah Thompson, Erica Huebler and Anica Berry as Clara.

"Nutcracker, over the years, has become a family tradition for our patrons. We are thrilled to be in Provo again to perform in the beautiful new Covey Center," said Colledge. "Even though this holiday classic has been around for years, it is amazing to see how it still delights audiences worldwide. It is also amazing to see the dancers reaching new heights of excellence each year."

Guest artists Bayaraa Badamsambuu and Ryan Camou, from State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara, Calif., will perform as Cavalier and Snow Prince, along with Utah Regional Ballet dancer Christopher Young. The Sugar Plum Fairy will be performed by Katherine Rane, Lindsay Duerfeldt and Rachelle Jardine. Fritz will be performed by Nicholas Colledge and Drosselmyer by Jeffrey Rogers.

As part of the ballet's educational outreach program, "The Nutcracker" will be presented at schools in Utah Valley during December. These performances include a narrative and interactive student and cast member question-and-answer session at the conclusion of the performance.

At each performance, the Utah Regional Ballet Guild will host a silent auction and boutique with Christmas gifts for sale, including a wide selection of authentic nutcrackers. At the matinee performances children can have their picture taken with Clara and the Nutcracker. Matinees will have recorded music rather than the live orchestra, and prices are discounted for these performances.

If you go . . .

What: "The Nutcracker" by the Utah Regional Ballet

Where: Covey Center for the Arts, 425 W. Center, Provo

When: 7:30 p.m., Dec. 14, 15, 20, 21, 22; 2 p.m. matinees Dec. 15, 22

Cost: $15-$26

Phone: 852-7007.