The Nutcracker: Beloved Holiday Classic is Set for Dec. 7-10 Featured

TCD’s annual performance of The Nutcracker features a talented cast, including Liza Grace Cole as Clara and Kennedy Duffy as Clara’s mischievous little brother, Fritz. TCD’s annual performance of The Nutcracker features a talented cast, including Liza Grace Cole as Clara and Kennedy Duffy as Clara’s mischievous little brother, Fritz. Michael Moore Photography

For over 30 years, the Tuscaloosa Community Dancers have enchanted audiences with their annual performance of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Undoubtedly, this year's dancers, under the direction of Alden Phillips, a Tuscaloosa native and alumna of the performance group, will continue that tradition. 

“From a grand party scene, dolls coming to life, a suspenseful battle between soldiers and rats, to beautiful snowflakes dancing and traveling through the land of the sweets, there is something in The Nutcracker for the whole family to appreciate,” Phillips said. “With all of the hustle and bustle of this holiday season, this allows two hours for people to forget about all of the craziness, put their phones away, and enjoy a fun performance.”

The show will run at the Bama Theatre Dec. 7-10. On Thursday and Friday, there will be evening performances at 7 p.m. Saturday’s matinee will begin at 10 a.m., and Sunday’s show will begin at 2 p.m.

“TCD loves the tradition of performing The Nutcracker each year, while keeping things fresh with exciting updates to our choreography,” said Mary Lane Falkner, president of Tuscaloosa Community Dancers. “For our audience members who return every year, it's always exciting to see what we've done differently.”

Since 1971, the Tuscaloosa Community Dancers have aimed to stimulate, promote, and develop interest in dance through performance, education, master classes and outreach.

“I can't think of a better way to highlight the community aspect of TCD than by bringing back one of our own dancers to lead the next generation of performers,” Falkner said. “It is so inspiring for our young dancers to see Alden, who was a little Raggedy Andy doll in her first TCD Nutcracker, come back to us with the experience and knowledge to direct the entire show!”

Tickets for the show cost $21 for adults, $17 for seniors over the age of 60, and $12 for students and children.

Additionally, patrons can enjoy “Breakfast with the Nutcracker” at the Bama Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 8:45 a.m. (before the 10 a.m. performance). Tickets to enjoy breakfast are $7, and available at the box office.

For more information, visit tuscaloosadancers.com. To buy tickets to a performance, visit tututix.com or call 205-752-4222. 

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