Dancing dolls, a forest of snow, clouds of angels, and fields of poinsettias.

That’s right — Livingston Parish’s own version of “The Nutcracker” is back.

The Tri-Parish Ballet will present E.T.A. Hoffman’s classic tale of “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” along with members of The Orlando Ballet, on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m.

The two performances will be held at the Suma Hall Community Center in Satsuma, located at 28975 S. Satsuma Road. Both will feature guest artists from The Orlando Ballet in the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier, along with local dancers from across Livingston, East Baton Rouge and Ascension parishes.

For Saturday’s performance, admission is a non-perishable food item for the Denham Springs Food Pantry. Admission for Sunday’s full-length show is $17.

“The Nutcracker” was made into a children’s story that was then turned into a full-length ballet by the Russian Imperial Ballet in 1892, with a score by Peter Tchaikovsky. It’s the most lasting hit in dance history.

The Tri-Parish Ballet’s version of “The Nutcracker” is funded in part by the Louisiana State Arts Council and the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the Arts Council of Greater of Baton Rouge through the Decentralized Arts Funding Program.

Along with “The Nutcracker,” the Tri-Parish Ballet also puts on an annual summer tour that travels to libraries, nursing homes, and day camps in the surrounding areas.

For more information, call (225) 665-3414 or e-mail TriParishBallet@aol.com. Tickets can be purchased in advance by visiting www.bontempstix.com and searching “Tri-Parish Ballet Company.”

‘The Nutcracker’

When: Saturday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m.

Where: Suma Hall Community Center in Satsuma, located at 28975 S. Satsuma Road

Saturday’s admission: a non-perishable food item for the Denham Springs Food Pantry

Sunday’s admission: $17

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