When: Sat., Dec. 14, 2 & 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 15, 3 p.m.
A staple of the holiday season, "The Nutcracker" is performed by companies large and small all over the world, with the nefarious Mouse King vanquished again and again. This month, Catskill Ballet Theater and New Paltz Ballet Theater are staging their annual productions, with students and professionals performing side-by-side. Catskill Ballet Theater performs at UPAC in Kingston, December 13–15, featuring guest artists from Dance Theatre of Harlem. In its 22nd season, the New Paltz Ballet Theater is codirected by Peter Naumann and Lisa Chalmers-Naumann and works with artists across the region. It features dancers from the New York City Ballet in its production at the Bardavon on December 12–13.