It’s “Nutcracker” season, and there are plenty of varieties to choose from in the South Sound, quite apart from Pacific Ballet Northwest’s extravaganza in Seattle. Some have already gone, like Dance Theatre Northwest last weekend. But if you’re looking for a good dose of sugar plums and snowflakes, here’s the low-down on the rest.
This is the Olympia classic, performed by over 70 dancers in a huge range of ages with all the trappings in the Washington Center.
7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 and 17; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18; 2 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19 at the Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE., Olympia. $14-$28. 360-753-8566, www.olytix.org, www.balletnorthwest.org
This inclusive school presents a “Nutcracker” with whole families teamed up for choreography by Kay Englert.
2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 11; 6 p.m. Dec. 6 at Mt. Tahoma High School Auditorium, 4634 S. 74th St., Tacoma. $18/$15. 253-474-4312, www.wcbdance.org
This is the only show in town that uses live orchestra (the Northwest Sinfonietta) for the Tchaikovsky score, and the original Russian choreography by Marius Petipa in the grandeur of the Pantages.
Upcoming young dancers from the Jo Emery school and company perform the traditional show.
2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18; 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 19 at Stadium High theater, 111 N. E St., Tacoma. $22/$18. 253-752-8530, www.joemeryballet.com