"The Nutcracker"

“The Nutcracker,” presented by Alliance Academy of Dance, will take place at Idaho State University’s Frazier Hall Auditorium Dec. 12 to 14.

POCATELLO — A holiday classic is returning to Pocatello this month.

“The Nutcracker,” presented by Alliance Academy of Dance in Pocatello, will take place at Idaho State University’s Frazier Hall Auditorium at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 and Dec. 13 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 14.

Tickets — which cost $22 for reserved seating, $17 for adult general admission and $10 for child general admission — are available online at www.tututix.com/AAD until Dec. 11. After that, they can be purchased at the door.

Beth Moore and Sergiu Brindusa, ballet masters at Alliance Academy of Dance, are once again directing and producing the show, now in its 15th annual performance.

They say it gets harder every year to cast the show due to the large amount of talent in the area.

“There are students performing leading roles at 13 and 14 years of age and not just with technical proficiency but artistic maturity,” Moore and Brindusa wrote in an email response to the Journal. “They are such role models to all and set a high standard to the younger dancers.”

There are 130 cast members — 6 years of age and older — in the upcoming production, and they have been rehearsing since September.

Moore and Brindusa say Aubrie Nield, a former student currently involved with the University of Utah Ballet Program, will perform the lead role of Dream Clara this year.

“We are thrilled to have Aubrie back and so proud that she has continued her dance education with such a reputable institution,” they wrote.

Moore and Brindusa have an impressive background themselves. The wife and husband danced as principal artists with the Orlando Ballet for eight seasons before they moved to Pocatello and began sharing their talent with the community here.

“As former classically trained and professional ballet dancers, our ‘Nutcracker’ is a true testament to not only our knowledge but our passion. We will continue doing what we do best,” they wrote.

Moore and Brindusa say their first production of “The Nutcracker” in 2005 included two sold-out shows and standing ovations.

“It’s been the same ever since but with added performances so more audience members can leave with a smile on their face,” they wrote.

Moore and Brindusa encourage community members to attend next week’s performances.

“You won’t regret it and what better way to celebrate the magic of the holiday season,” they wrote.