A Christmas tradition in Arkansas, the Nutcracker will be performed this year at the Maumelle Performing Arts Center starting on Dec. 11 and will run for that week.

The ballet had previously been performed at the Robinson Center in downtown Little Rock but with that building undergoing renovation, the performance was moved.

It is the only Arkansas Ballet performance to be in Maumelle this with two other productions to be held Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock’s River Market and the other at The Rep in downtown Little Rock.

"While we are proud that most people know us from The Nutcracker, we are so much more and this season’s line up truly demonstrates that," said Karen Bassett, Executive Director of Ballet Arkansas in a release

Ballet Arkansas will join forces with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra for its production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker in Maumelle.

A cast of more than 200 youth and adult dancers from the central Arkansas area, professional guest artists, Ballet Arkansas company members and Youth Division.

Student matinees begin on Dec. 11 and continue on Dec. 12. The first public performance will also start that day for a three-day that ends on Dec. 14.

The other productions are: The innaugural Visions Choreographic Competition to be held in the CALS Ron Robinson Theater in the Rivermarket on Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. and a mixed rep show titled Who Cares? will close the season next April.

It will be held April 17-19 for public performances while student matinees will be April 16 and 17.

For more information about Ballet Arkansas and its programs, visit the website at www.balletarkansas.org or email info@balletarkansas.org.