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The Nutcracker has got to be the most-performed holiday production in the history of mankind. In the Denver/Boulder area alone this year, ballet aficionados can enjoy no fewer than seven — yes, seven — different Nutcrackers, each affiliated with a different ballet/dance company, including a one-night-only performance by the Moscow Ballet on December 16.

But not everyone is keen on sitting through hours of ballet — not even in the name of Christmas. If that's the case, consider attending the Holiday Tours at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Starting at 10 a.m. and again at 10:30 on Saturdays through December 30, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts will take you behind the scenes for ninety minutes of mystery and magic. Or, rather, ninety minutes of reason and explanation behind the mystery-and-magic façade. Tours, which cost $8, include both The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol. Reserve your spot by calling 720-931-TOUR or sending an e-mail to tours@dcpa.org. Check out Westword's dance listings, http://entertainment.westword.com, to learn more about local Nutcracker performances.
Saturdays, 10 & 10:30 a.m.; Sat., Nov. 25. Starts: Nov. 18. Continues through Dec. 30

 
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