Kick off the holidays with “The Nutcracker”

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The NutcrackerHilton Head Dance Theatre will present the classic holiday story of “The Nutcracker” from Nov. 15-24 at the Seahawk Cultural Center. 

Sophia Nimmer, Jamal Edwards, Brittany Hanna and Samuel Chester will dance the Grande Pas de Deux. Mackenzie Starnes and Brittany Hanna will share the role of the Snow Queen, while Anna Pellicci and Sophia Nimmer will share the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. The role of party host goes to Danny Tidwell, the runner-up on the third season of Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance.”

This year’s production marks 35 years of “The Nutcracker” by Hilton Head Dance, which staged its first performance of the holiday classic in 1985. At the helm for each of the productions have been artistic directors Karena Brock-Carlyle and her husband, John Carlyle.

Evening shows are at 7:30 p.m., with 2:30 p.m. matinees Nov. 17 and Nov. 24. Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for seniors ages 60 and older, and $15 for children 18 and younger. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 843-842-3262 or go to www.hiltonheaddance.com.