Queen City Ballet presents its 22nd annual production of ‘The Nutcracker’

The familiar and delicate tinklings of Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” begins playing. Dancer Katya Volodina, frosted in a glittering tiara and soft pink tutu, steps onto the stage.

For two minutes and 45 seconds, she pirouettes and arabesques about the stage—all the while with a serene smile on her face.

“She makes it look so effortless, doesn’t she?” asked Campbell Midgley, artistic director and owner of Queen City Ballet.

From Sugar Plum Fairies and marching nutcracker dolls to fighting mouse kings and towering Christmas trees, only one event could seamlessly combine all these curious characters into one story – “The Nutcracker.”

After a one-year hiatus, Queen City Ballet will present its 22nd annual production of “The Nutcracker,” on Nov. 18 and 19.

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What: Queen City Ballet performs “The Nutcracker”

When: Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 19 at 2 p.m.

Where: Helena Civic Center, 340 Neill Ave.

Cost: Ticket prices range from $18-$40 with special discounts available in the economy section for students and seniors. A limited number of VIP tables are available for groups. Tickets can be purchased online at helenaciviccenter.com, by phone

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