'Tis the season ...


What better way to celebrate the holidays than taking in a performance of The Nutcracker Ballet? Iowa State Center will present its 33rd annual production of this holiday favorite Dec. 14 (1:30 and 7:30 p.m.) and Dec. 15 (1:30 p.m.) at Stephens Auditorium.

The Nutcracker Ballet tells the story of a young girl, a heroic prince and the fantastic dream they share. From the opening party scene to the last notes of Peter Tchaikovsky’s famous score, a festive spirit permeates the whole performance.

Ames native Joy Voelker Matossian, a professional dancer who now resides in New York City, will perform the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Justin Koertgen, a professional dancer from Michigan, will dance the part of her Cavalier. In addition, more than 200 local performers from area dance studios will take the stage as part of this holiday classic.

Tickets, $20 and $25 (discounts available for youth, ISU students, seniors and groups of 10 or more), are available at the Iowa State Center ticket office or through Ticketmaster. Submitted photo.