The first act party scene from The Nutcracker is shown here as being performed by the Champaign Urbana Ballet. Tickets are available at 217-333-6280.

Champaign Urbana Ballet will present its holiday classic, The Nutcracker, for one weekend only, Dec. 5-8 at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Performance times will be at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5-7, and at 2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 8.

Among those in the cast are Piatt County residents Addisyn Beasley of Mansfield; Elias Haley, Elle Haley and Ellery Messer of Monticello; and Victoria and Alexander Mahaffey of White Heath.

This time-honored community tradition involves 127 cast members hailing from 18 different communities and 7 counties. The darling Dutch Dairy which made its debut last year will melt your heart. From the opening notes of the overture to Clara’s farewell to her Nutcracker Prince, CU Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker has truly become a treasure enjoyed by the entire community.

Tickets may be purchased at the Krannert Center Box Office at 217-333-6280 or online at