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The stage at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts will be alive with a sugar plum fairy and dancing mice as A.V.A. Ballet Theatre presents the annual Nutcracker Ballet Dec. 11-13. A.V.A. Ballet Theatre’s artistic director Alexander Van Alstyne has choreographed an exciting rendition of the popular holiday ballet and the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s moving score. Laura Jackson will conduct the orchestra.

Principal dancers who have performed with professional ballet companies such as Ballet West, Houston Ballet and the Diablo Ballet will perform the leading roles along side a large cast of local talent. 

Nutcracker performances will be held at 8 p.m. Dec. 11, 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 12 and 2 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, 100 S. Virginia St. in downtown Reno. Ticket prices are $25 to $55 with discounts for seniors and children. Details: 775-686-6600 or avaballet.com.

One lucky winner will receive a VIP experience package to "The Nutcracker, " a production of the A.V.A. Ballet Theatre and the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra running Dec. 11-13 at the Pioneer Center.

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