Friday through Sunday, Dec. 3 through 5, Atlantic Ballet Company, the performing troupe of P2PDance Center, will celebrate its 10th year of presenting the “Nutcracker” ballet. ABC’s first “Nutcracker” production premiered in 2000 at the then newly constructed Strom Auditorium of Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport. Since then, the Camden Opera House has been home for this spectacular event held during the Camden -Rockport-Lincolnville Christmas by the Sea weekend.

“Nutcracker” will be presented 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3; and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4 and 5 at the Camden Opera House, Elm Street/Route 1.

ABC’s “Nutcracker” features a colorful array of sets and costumes with a lively cast of both professionals and students in training at its school, P2PDance Center, also known as People to People Dance Center.

Enton Hoxha, an Albanian dancer trained at the Russian School of Ballet, returns for his sixth year as the stalwart Nutcracker Cavalier. He also will dance in the famous Russian duet, “Trepak,” and will appear in the first act party scene as Mr. Von Staulbaum. This year, professional dancer Heather Cox-Griffin will alternate the roles of Sugar Plum Fairy, Dew Drop Fairy and Spanish soloist with one of Atlantic Ballet Company’s students, Desiree Lobato, who currently teaches with P2PDance Center and will enter the Joffrey Ballet training program in New York City in January.

Thia Carter, a level III student of P2PDance Center, will perform the role of the young and playful Clara; and Claire Boucher will appear for the first time as the elegant Snow Queen, as well as the Victorian Doll and as Hoxha’s partner in the Russian duet. Local actor Scott Anthony Smith appears as Herr Drosselmeyer.

Tickets are $20, $12 for senior citizens and children. They are available in advance at HAVII in Camden; Reading Corner in Rockland; Personal Bookshop in Thomaston; and Mr. Paperback in Belfast. Tickets also will be available at the door as long as they last.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to