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Tchaikovsky’s beautiful and timeless music never fails to enchant audiences as it brings to life the classic holiday story of “The Nutcracker,” in which young Clara falls asleep and dreams of a dashing Nutcracker Prince who battles the ferocious Rat King.

Hickory Ballet and Performing Arts students will present “The Nutcracker” ballet in both Morganton and Newton, including a sensory-friendly performance in Newton for children, adults and families who would appreciate a slower-paced presentation with no abrupt changes in lighting or special effects.

“For so many people, the holidays traditionally include an outing to see ‘The Nutcracker’ ballet, and we couldn’t be more pleased this year to add two performances at CoMMA in Morganton to our traditional playbill of four performances at The Old Post Office Playhouse in Newton, so that everyone has an opportunity to see this delightful ballet, experience its magic and create beautiful holiday memories,” said Leanna Bodnar, executive director of HBPA.

“We are also very excited to offer a special sensory-friendly performance in Newton. Come on out and see the Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, mice, soldiers and all of the delightful characters in this beloved ballet. We recommend you get your tickets early as the ballet always sells out.”

Performances at The CoMMA in Morganton are Friday, Dec. 20, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 21, at 3 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at commaonline.org or at the door.

Show times at The Old Post Office Playhouse in Newton are Friday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m. Tickets are available through Yhe Green Room at thegreenroomtheatre.org or at the door. Early purchase is encouraged as the popular ballet always sells out.

The sensory-friendly version of “The Nutcracker” will be performed on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m. at The Old Post Office Playhouse in Newton. This performance is free. However, a voucher is needed to attend. See the HBPA website, hickoryballetpa.com, for resources and details.

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