Ballet Theatre of Phoenix and Convergence Ballet are joining forces to perform two fully staged performances of “The Nutcracker.”

The shows will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 19 at Horizon Auditorium at 5601 N. Greenway Road. Ballet Theatre of Phoenix, located at 6201 N. Seventh St., also is home to Convergence Ballet. Jennifer Cafarella Betts is the director and founder of Ballet Theatre of Phoenix and artistic director of Convergence Ballet. “The Nutcracker” is a classic holiday ballet about a girl who receives a special nutcracker from her godfather for Christmas, then embarks on a journey to a magical land. Convergence Ballet professional dancers, as well as students from Ballet Theatre of Phoenix, will perform in this production.

The cast includes Anthony Spaulding performing as “The Prince.” He is returning to his hometown of Phoenix after recent engagements with the San Francisco Ballet and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Brooke Merwin will dance the role of Clara while Ella Forsyth will dance as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Cafarella Betts directed and choreographed this version of “The Nutcracker.”

Tickets cost $30 each. To buy them, visit




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