Traditional, unexpected versions of ‘The Nutcracker’ offered

A cast of local and professional dancers will complement the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra’s presentation of “The Nutcracker” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14–15, and at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Grand Junction High School auditorium, 1400 N. Fifth St.

The symphony’s first production in four years of Tchaikovsky’s ballet will feature dancers from the Colorado Mesa University along with dancers from the New York City Ballet.

Tickets cost $15–$25 for adults, and $5 for children and students. Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased at, by phone at 243-6787 or at the symphony’s office, 225 N. Fifth St.

The beloved piece also will be performed by local talent in Paonia as part of the Blue Sage Center for the Arts Concert Series. “The Nutcracker: An Unexpected Fairy Tale” will feature dancers directed by Lenore Cambria, flautist Jeanette Carey and pianist Susan Ellinger.

According to the Blue Sage Center’s website, this “unexpected interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite is retelling the story of Clara, her beloved Nutcracker Prince and their journey to the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Our version includes tap dancing mice, hip-hopping sugar plum fairies jiving, Russian dancers and a flash mob of party-goers.”

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14–15, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts, 226 Grand Ave., in Paonia.

Tickets cost $15–$20. Call 527-7243 or go to for information.


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