The Gwinnett Ballet Theatre once again brings to life its classic production of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” in Duluth through Dec. 18.

“Adventure awaits as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince battle the Mouse King and embark on a journey through the Land of Sweets with the Sugar Plum Fairy,” said spokeswoman Jennifer Rusz. “This joyous classic will leave you with cherished memories for years to come.”

This season marks the 35th anniversary of the production by the Lawrenceville-based dance company.

 To commemorate the occasion, special guests alternate playing the role of Mother Ginger, including county commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash and other business leaders.

Dancers with the county’s first nonprofit ballet company perform choreography by its artistic director Wade Walthall. Walthall was formally trained at the School of American Ballet in New York City and has performed in major cities around the world.

“Make this holiday masterpiece a long-lasting tradition for family and friends by experiencing the Nutcracker, while supporting both the children and the arts within Gwinnett County,” Rusz said.


The performances will take place at the Infinite Energy Theater, located at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays, and a sensory friendly show is set for 11:45 a.m. today.

Tickets range from $19 to $49 and can be purchased at the box office, online at www.gwinnettballet.org, or by phone at 770-626-2462.