The Tuscaloosa Community Dancers will present their 51st annual production of Tchaikovskys The Nutcracker next month at the Bama Theater.

The production will showcase the adventure awaiting Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they battle the Mouse King and embark on a journey through the Land of Sweets with the Sugar Plum Fairy.

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According to a press release, artistic director Alden McShan and executive director Joyce Phillips worked with 125 cast members throughout the fall to bring the performances to life, making this year's production the troupe's largest in history.

This year's show will feature Tuscaloosa native Jennifer Lauren Quarles as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Quarles is now a principal soloist with the Miami City Ballet and began her dance career at the Dance Centre before training with the Royal Academy of Dance and the Alabama Ballet Pre-Apprentice Program.

Students from the University of Alabama, along with local and professional guest artists from around the country will also be featured in the production.

The production will host a special “Breakfast with the Nutcracker” event that is set to take place before the 10 a.m. show on December 10.

Tickets for the showings and breakfast can be purchased in advance by clicking here. For more information on how to get involved with the Tuscaloosa Community Dancers, visit

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