NICEVILLE — The Northwest Florida Ballet will once again grace the stage with visions of dancing sugar plums, graceful snow flurries and magical dolls in its 32nd annual presentation of “The Nutcracker.” Performances will be at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 18. Tickets are $28 for adults and $14 for children 12 and under and are available online at or by calling 664-7787.

“The Nutcracker”has been an annual favorite for thousands of families all over the world. Although it was first performed to Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s captivating score in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1892, the first American production of the ballet wasn’t introduced until 1944 by the San Francisco Ballet.

In addition to more than 100 company dancers, including Ellie Borick dancing Clara and Lucas Meyers playing the high-spirited Fritz, principal guest artists Zoica Tovar and Andres Estevez of BalletMet, Columbus, Ohio, will perform the leading roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier.