CAMDEN — Atlantic Ballet Company celebrates Christmas by the Sea weekend with its spectacular production of “The Nutcracker.” Staged at the Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St., and performed to the sparkling music of Peter Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” score, Atlantic Ballet Company presents this timeless classic Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4, at 3 p.m.

The company’s guest artist, Cristian Laverde Koenig, travels from New York City to perform the roles of Soldier Doll and Clara’s Nutcracker Soldier, both in the first act. He performs in the Russian quartet and as Clara’s Nutcracker Cavalier in the second act, Kingdom of the Sweets. This is Koenig’s third year performing with Atlantic Ballet Company.

Emma Dietz of Belfast, as the Sugar Plum Fairy, and Paloma Killoran of Camden, as young Clara, both partner with Koenig. “Partnering is an important element in the dance training of all ballerinas. It involves intricate coordination and a great deal of athleticism on the part of both partners. Throughout their dance training, Emma and Paloma have met many challenges in their dance roles and have grown in technique and artistry over these past few years,” said Michele Cox, Atlantic Ballet Company’s director.

This beloved holiday tradition is a favorite of the youngest theater fans. Family audiences will reflect on treasured holiday memories as they enjoy watching the Von Stahlbaum family orchestrating their own Christmas holiday celebration at their lovely Victorian home. Welcoming relatives and friends, while tolerating the antics of daughter Clara and her brother Fritz, and greeting the mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer, who bears gifts of life-sized dolls, are among the highlights of “The Nutcracker” party scene.

Don’t miss the dramatic “Battle of the Mice and Toy Soldiers” during Clara’s dream. Upon the Mouse Queen’s demise, Clara and her Nutcracker Prince travel by sleigh to the Land of Snow, where they are surrounded by dancing Snowflakes and Snow Crystals.

In ABC’s lavish second act, Clara and her Nutcracker Cavalier are escorted by the Sugar Plum Fairy into the Kingdom of Sweets, where they are entertained by two Spanish Senoritas, a Chinese Duet, Arabian Princesses and their Courtiers, a Russian Trepak Quartet, Lollipops, Peppermint Balls and Candy Canes, Jesters popping out of a box and finally, waltzing Flowers and Petals.

Tickets are $20/adults and $16/children younger than 12 and seniors; available at Planet Toys in Camden, the Grasshopper Shops in Belfast and Rockland, and online at

Paloma Killoran as Clara in “The Nutcracker.” Courtesy Atlantic Ballet Company