‘The Nutcracker’ DVD screening at Creston Valley Public Library

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The Nutcracker will be on the big screen at Creston Valley Public Library on Dec. 12. Because this ballet is a favourite with children, show time is 4 p.m.

With music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, this colourful production is a joy to watch and to hear. The first performance of The Nutcracker took place in Russia in 1892. The San Francisco Ballet performed the first American production of The Nutcracker in 1944.

It’s the night before Christmas and the mice are definitely stirring, along with fairies, puppets and more.

The music is performed by the Sofia National Orchestra and the production was filmed in 1995. Dancers are from Ballet of the Slovak National Theatre with children of the Dance Conservatory Bratislava.

Admission is free, and popcorn will be served. The first act is about 35 minutes and the second about 30.

—BY JULIE EWASHEN