Continental Ballet Company returns to the Hardy Center in Cambridge

Shannon Corbett in Continental Ballet’s “Nutcracker.”

Shannon Corbett in Continental Ballet’s “Nutcracker.”

Welcome the holidays at the Hardy Center when Continental Ballet Company returns with their rendition of the holiday classic, “Nutcracker.”

Led by artistic director, Riet Velhuisen, this production will feature all the familiar elements of the “Nutcracker” — except the battle between the mice and the Nutcracker Prince’s army.

This change was made to make the performance a bit friendler and more comfortable for all ages attending.

“We strive to offer entertainment for all ages,” said Dave Maurer, Cambridge-Isanti Community Education Director. “Continental Ballet’s performance of the ‘Nutcracker’ is a wonderful way to introduce people of all ages to classical ballet. Every time Continental Ballet returns, we hear from audience members that this is a holiday tradition they enjoy sharing with their family and friends.”

This year’s performance is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.

Purchase tickets at www.HardyCenter.com, at the Community Education office (625 Main St. N) or over the phone (763-689-6189) until noon Dec. 13. Or, purchase tickets on Dec. 14 beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the Hardy Center Ticket Window.

Parking at the Hardy Center is free, there is never a ticket handling charge and you will always hear a friendly voice or see a smile when you are purchasing your tickets.

The Community Education office is open Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Scout & Morgan Books in Cambridge is sponsoring this year’s “Nutcracker” performance. Performer accommodations are provided by Crossings by Grandstay.

The Hardy Center is located inside the Cambridge-Isanti High School, 430 Eighth Ave. NW, Cambridge.

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