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Piper’s ‘Nutcracker’ offers new twists

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Carolyn Oliver’s Nevada Ballet Society will present “The Nutcracker Story” at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at Piper’s Opera House in Virginia City. The show coincides with Christmas on the Comstock, a Virginia City annual event complete with carolers and parade.

With a cast of more than 75 dancers ages 4 to 57, Oliver, with Terry Smith who plays the Grinch, has rewritten the story to match the classical music to give it a fresh face. In this version the Sugar Plum Fairy summons the Christmas Angels and requests they cast their Spell of Goodness over the sleeping Grinchlets, relatives of the Mean Old Grinch, who is getting a bit less nasty in his old age.

Elves arrive with gifts for the Grinchlets, as does Santa. The gifts are fantastic creations, eight tiny reindeer, baby dolls, a beautiful bird, clowns and mechanical dolls. Santa brings a special Nutcracker doll for his special little friend, Marie Silverhaus.

In a nasty mood again, the Grinch steals the Nutcracker doll, only to have it stolen from him. The Grinch is ever so sorry and begs Santa and the Snow Queen to help him find the Nutcracker. With assistance from the Sugar Plum Fairy, who enlists the help of “Spirits from Many Lands” and the “Monarchs of the Forest,” the Nutcracker is recovered, and everyone dances happily ever after.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for children or $30 for a family of up to two adults and four children.

For reservations and more information call Piper’s Opera House at (775) 847-0433.