On Stage: The Charleston Ballet and WVSO team up to present a timeless holiday tale

The Charleston Ballet and West Virginia Symphony Orchestra present "The Nutcracker" (Courtesy: Charleston Ballet)

For years, the Christmas season has signaled the return of Tchaikovsky's magical holiday masterpiece, "The Nutcracker."

The Charleston Ballet and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra combine dance and music to present the timeless tale.

"I think 'The Nutcracker' is an awesome event for families, friends to get together," Angela Jones (Dancer) said. "And it becomes kind of a traditional thing. It's just a good thing to do every year."

"The Nutcracker" is a major production, with more than 170 local and guest performers. Lavish sets and beautiful costumes create the fantasy world where the Nutcracker battles the Mouse King and his evil minions.

"It makes the dance so much more fulfilling when you have the live music with you, because you feel it swell inside you," Mary Anna Ball (Dancer) said. "I know that's probably really stereotypical, but you feel like the music swell. I just get so much more energy from having the live orchestra with me."

From our world to the Land of Sweets ruled by the Sugar Plum Fairy, "The Nutcracker" has been delighting audiences since its creation in the late 1800s.

"I's just a great experience, that fact that we are with the symphony, so it's just that much more," Jones said. "And the Clay Center is an awesome venue to be in as well."

The Charleston Ballet and West Virginia Symphony Orchestra present "The Nutcracker"
Friday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 10 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences
Tickets start at ~$24 for adults and can be purchased at the Clay Center box office or online at

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