The Orangeburg Civic Ballet will be presenting "The Nutcracker" this weekend. This year’s performances promise to fill everyone with the Christmas spirit.

"The Nutcracker" will open with the scene of a beautiful living room decorated for the holiday. The maid, Charlotte Palmer, opens the show cleaning and preparing the room for its guests.

After the party is over and all of the families have gone, Clara, portrayed by Mikayla Rider, goes to rest under the great Christmas tree and begins to dream of her Nutcracker.

Melanie Crone, also a senior and principal dancer, is performing the role of the Rat Queen.

There is a great battle between the Toy Soldiers, led by The Nutcracker, and the giant rats that are ruled by the Rat Queen. After the battle, The Nutcracker takes Clara to visit all of the kingdoms.

The Nutcracker is played by 22-year-old Nick Martin.

Don't miss the Orangeburg Civic Ballet's performances of "The Nutcracker" at the Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium on the South Carolina State University campus at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10. Tickets are available at Tamalyn’s Dance Centre and will also be available at the door. Tickets prices are $12 for adults and $8 for senior citizens 55 and older and children under 12.

For more information, call 803-533-0017 or visit the OCB online at www.orangeburgcivicballet.org.

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