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Holidays open with 'Nutcracker' performance

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Photo provided BALLET: The “Great Russian Nutcracker” brings the classic holiday story to life on stage. The show is coming to Wabash for the second consecutive year, opening at the Ford Theater this Saturday.
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BALLET: The “Great Russian Nutcracker” brings the classic holiday story to life on stage. The show is coming to Wabash for the second consecutive year, opening at the Ford Theater this Saturday.

by ANDREW CHRISTMAN - achristman@wabashplaindealer.com

The Moscow Ballet is returning to Wabash this weekend on its “Great Russian Nutcracker” tour, a fun, family-friendly performance to start the holiday season. It’s one of nearly a dozen Christmas and holiday-themed shows coming to Wabash in November and December.

The famous, international recital follows much of the original fairytale. But there are some minor tweaks. The performance is set in the fictional “Land of Peace and Harmony” rather than the original’s “Land of Sweets.” And it stars local dancers who will be performing here alongside the Moscow Ballet’s professional ballerinas.

“We have 36 dancers from the Wabash and Miami County areas dancing with the professional dancers,” said Hannah Griffith, director of The Dance Experience, which hosted auditions and rehearsals for local dancers. “We’re glad we can offer that experience for Wabash County and the dancers around, that’s one of the reasons we looked into it originally.”

The young dancers will star as snowflakes, mice, snow maidens and party children.

The show is suitable for audiences of all ages, opening at 3 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Honeywell Center’s Ford Theater.

But that’s just the start of the holidays. Nearly a dozen other Christmas-inspired concerts and performances are coming to Wabash between now and December, including:

Cirque Dreams Holidaze, Sunday, Nov. 18

The Oak Ridge Boys: Shine a Light on Christmas, Saturday, Nov. 24

Holiday movies in the Ford Theater, every Tuesday starting Nov. 27

Rent: 20th anniversary tour, Sunday, Dec. 9

Under the Streetlamp: Hip to the Holidays, Thursday, Dec. 13

Christmas with Selah, Saturday, Dec. 15

Fort Wayne Philarmonic Holiday Pops, Wednesday, Dec. 19