A classic holiday tradition returns to the Inland Northwest when the State Street Ballet joins the Spokane Symphony orchestra and 75 local youth dancers to perform The Nutcracker for five engagements. Whether you’ve seen it once, twice, dozens of times or never, there’s something about the sparkling holiday story that mesmerizes audiences of all ages; it’s in the sweeping score by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, the timelessness of E.T.A. Hoffman’s tale of toys come to life and a journey to a magical dreamland. This year marks the 41st season of Nutcracker performances for the symphony; each night includes a pre-show gift shop, winter treats and beverages, and the splendor of the historic Fox Theater all decked out for the holidays.
Dec. 5-8; Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun at 2 pm • $19.50-$140 • Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox • 1001 W. Sprague Ave. • spokanesymphony.org • 624-1200
— Chey Scott