Canton Ballet presents 'The Nutcracker' this weekend

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Canton Ballet will present its holiday showpiece "The Nutcracker" in four performances Dec. 7, 8 and 9 at Canton's Palace Theatre, 605 Market Ave. N. in Canton, under the artistic direction of Cassandra Crowley. Performance times are Friday 7:30 p.m.; Saturday 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday 2 p.m.

Canton Ballet has offered this audience favorite since its first public performance in 1968. It is presented in lavish sets and glittering costumes to the music of Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky with choreography by Crowley, choreographer in residence Angelo Lemmo and former assistant artistic director Carol Hageman.

Admission is $18 to $22 for adults, $14 to $18 for seniors and $8 to $10 for children. There is a discount for groups of 15 or more.

Reserved seat tickets may be purchased at cantonballet.com or by calling 330-455-7220. There is a wheelchair seating area on the main floor. The theatre box office opens one hour before performance times for advance purchase pickups and walkup sales only. Ticket purchase in advance is recommended.

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