Nutcrackers are on parade this holiday season
Are the holidays all they’re cracked up to be?
They are if you’re a fan of “The Nutcracker” ballet.
There are at least four “Nutcracker” ballet productions scheduled in Rochester this season, ranging from local dance school productions to the Moscow Ballet’s fully professional company.
Anyone wanting an early start on their “Nutcracker” fix can get that already next weekend, when the Allegro production is presented at Lourdes High School.
Then comes Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker Nov. 28, the Ballet Bake production on Dec. 1, and the Rochester Dance Company production Dec. 8-9, all at Mayo Civic Center.
Beyond all these “Nutcracker” productions, there is a sleigh full of concerts, plays, pageants, performances — all designed to make the most wonderful time of the year even more wonderful.
Got your calendar handy? Here’s a look at some of what’s coming up this holiday season.
• Allegro School of Dance and Music production of “The Nutcracker,” 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 17, 2 p.m. Nov. 18, Lourdes High School. Tickets at allegrodancemusic.com.
• Preview performances of the Commonweal Theatre ’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” live radio play begin Nov. 16, with the official opening on Nov. 23. The show runs through Dec. 22. Tickets at 800-657-7025.
• The 23rd annual Festival of Trees, benefiting Hiawatha Homes, will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 23 and 24, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 25 at Mayo Civic Center. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and groups, $4 for ages 2-12.
• Rochester Repertory Theatre ’s “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some!)” opens Nov. 23 and continues through Dec. 9. Tickets at 507-289-1737.
• The Sheldon Theatre Brass Band holiday concert is at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing. Tickets at 800-899-5759.
• Moscow Ballet ’s Great Russian Nutcracker returns to Mayo Civic Center for a performance at 7 p.m. Nov. 28. Tickets at the civic center box office and through Ticketmaster, 800-745-3000.
• Rochester Civic Theatre ’s holiday show this year is “Annie,” which opens Nov. 30 and runs through Dec. 16. Tickets at 507-282-8481.
• The holiday comedy “Inspecting Carol” runs Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 at the Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing. Tickets at 800-899-5759.
• The Rochester Chamber Music Society will present “Christmas Concerti,” featuring a string quartert of former St. Paul Chamber Orchestra members along with local musicians, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at Christ United Methodist Church, 400 Fifth Ave. SW. Free.
• The Holiday Shuffle will be performed by Rhythm Circus dance troupe at 2 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Paramount Theatre in Austin. Tickets at 507-434-0934.
• Lyra Baroque Orchestra will perform Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, with a full orchestra and chorus, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Rochester. Tickets at lyrabaroque.org.
• The Good Lovelies Christmas concert is at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing. Tickets at 800-899-5759.
• Matchbox Children’s Theatre in Austin presents “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Dec. 7-9 at the Paramount Theatre. Tickets through matchboxchildrenstheatre.org.
• The Rochester Symphony Orchestra presents “Sounds of the Season” at 7:30 pm. Dec. 8 and 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at Lourdes High School. Tickets at 507-286-8742.
• Home for the Holidays: A Musical Celebration of the Season with Brad Boice and friends is set for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Chatfield Center for the Arts. Tickets at 507-884-7676.
• Rochester Dance Company’s “The Nutcracker,” with professional dancers joining local dance students, will be performed at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 8, and 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at Mayo Civic Center. Tickets through Ticketmaster and at the civic center box office.
• Rhythmic Circus dance troupe presents the Holiday Shuffle at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing. Tickets at 800-899-5759.
• Austin’s historic Paramount Theatre will host Lorie Line’s Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Tickets at 507-434-0934.
• An Andy & Bing Christmas, featuring Ben Utecht and Mick Sterling, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at Mayo Civic Center. Tickets through Ticketmaster and at the box office.
• Choral Arts Ensemble ’s annual holiday concert, “Christmas at Assisi,” will be presented Dec. 14-16 at Assisi Heights. Tickets at 507-252-8427.
• The Bella Voce girls choir Christmas concerts are Dec. 14-16 at Christ United Methodist Church. Tickets at singoutloud.org and 507-269-7114.
• The vocal group Under the Streetlamp presents “Hip to the Holidays” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at Mayo Civic Center. Tickets for this Riverside Live! show are available at 507-328-2200.
• The Rochester Pops Orchestra, as part of its fifth anniversary season, presents “Christmastime,” a selection of Christmas music old and new, at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at Bethel Lutheran Church. Tickets at rochesterpops.com.
• Lorie Line is back with another Christmas extravaganza, “Lord of Lords,” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall. Tickets through Ticketmaster and at the box office.
• It wouldn’t be Christmas without a holiday concert by the vocal group Tonic Sol-fa. This year’s show is at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall. Tickets through Ticketmaster and at the box office.