Reverent or Redundant? 6 Different Ways to See the Nutcracker Ballet in St. Louis

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Moscow Ballet
Which version of the Nutcracker ballet do you want to see?
Thanksgiving is over. That means the Christmas season has officially begun.

We've been overwhelmed with submissions to our arts calendar for the Nutcracker, the quintessential Christmas ballet.

It's the kind of tradition everyone should experience once, but if you're a Nutcracker nut who wants to watch it over and over, you're in luck. We found five different ballet companies performing in six different theaters around St. Louis.

Here's a list of performances, including a note if there's anything unique to add to decades of sugar plum fairies and rat kings:

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Moscow Ballet
The Moscow Ballet's Dove of Peace
The Great Russian Nutcracker
Company: The Moscow Ballet
When: 5 p.m., December 8
Where: Peabody Opera House
What's new? This year, exclusive to Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker, a tribute to world peace will be added. The "Dove of Peace," will feature two dancers who become one bird with a 20 foot wingspan and escort Masha and Prince to the "Land of Peace and Harmony."
Cost: $90, $60, $45 & $35

The Nutcracker
Company: Alexandra Ballet
When: 2 p.m., December 1
Where: Arnold Recreation Center
What's new? This is the best, most heart-warming deal in town: Just make a donation to the wonderful Arnold Food Pantry to get in.
Cost: $15 donation to the Arnold Food Pantry

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Moscow Ballet
The Nutcracker
Company: Missouri Ballet Theater
When: 7:30 p.m. December 20; 2 and 7:30 p.m. December 21; 2 and 6 p.m. December 22
Where: Edison Theater
What's new? Nothing. Just the traditional ballet.
Cost: $40

The Nutcracker
Company: Alexandra Ballet
When: 7 p.m. December 14, 2 p.m. December 15
Where: The Purser Center, Logan University
What's new? Children can make ornaments in the lobby beforehand.
Cost: $16.50

The Nutcracker
Company: St. louis Ballet
When: 2:30 or 7 p.m., December 20-29
Where: Touhill Performing Arts Center
What's new? Absolutely nothing.
Cost: $20-$52

The Nutcracker
Company: Caston Chamber Ballet
When: 2 & 7 p.m. December 21, 2 p.m. December 22
Where: Chaminade College Preparatory School
What's new? Sadly, nothing.
Cost: $15/$20

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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Elaine Johnson Green
Elaine Johnson Green

How many times? Five daughters, probably eighteen years of performing. Mice, angels, gumdrops, circus performers, skater, Chinese dancer, Russian dancer, snowflakes, flowers, Dewdrop, Snow Queen, and Clara (twice).

Cedes Tucker
Cedes Tucker

Any thoughts about the touhill performance? I am an umsl student and while this would be my cheapest option, I don't want my first time seeing ballet to be a dud!

Maria Sparks
Maria Sparks

Dimensions Dance Center is putting on their annual production of The Nutcracker this weekend at Clayton High School. It's a great version for the entire family and tickets are only $14.00. www.dimensionsdancecenter.org

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