The Maine State Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” returns to Merrill Auditorium Saturday, Nov. 28, through Sunday, Dec. 6. Included in the corps is Kennedy Scheimreif of Waldoboro.

The beloved family holiday production will feature live music from the Maine State Ballet Orchestra; singing from the Musica de Filia Girls Chorus; costumes and stage scenery by Gail Csoboth; and dancing by more than 300 of the most talented dancers in Maine. Scheimreif is part of the “Russian” portion.

Performances of the Falmouth-based company’s “The Nutcracker” will be held Nov. 28 at 2 and 7 p.m.; Nov. 29 at 2 p.m.; Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.; Dec. 5 at 2 and 7 p.m.; and Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are on sale through Porttix at 842-0800; online at or; or at the Merrill Auditorium box office noon to 6 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays. Tickets are priced $21 to $66, with discounts available for groups, senior citizens and children. For more information, call Maine State Ballet at 781-7672 or visit its website.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or