ARTS Pick: Nutcracker Mini-Suite

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Noa Kipnis performs as Clara in the Albemarle Ballet Theatre’s abridged version of The Nutcracker. Noa Kipnis performs as Clara in the Albemarle Ballet Theatre’s abridged version of The Nutcracker.

No need to wait until Christmas Eve for visions of sugarplums to dance in your head. This weekend, Clara and her beloved nutcracker doll take center stage in the Albemarle Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker Mini-Suite. Twenty-four local dancers populate the Land of Sweets for selected scenes from the seasonal ballet, embellished by handmade costumes and Tchaikovsky’s timeless compositions.

Saturday 12/7 & Sunday 12/8. $10, times vary. Albemarle Ballet Theatre, 5798 Three Notch’d Rd., Crozet. 823-8888.