Elisa Rastelli of Norwell (left), Isabel Mallon of Plymouth (center), and Katy Connolly of Hingham will dance the lead role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the South Shore Ballet Theatre's production of "The Nutcracker" this season.
Tchaikovsky's seasonal favorite will be performed at Derby Academy in Hingham at 2 and 6 p.m. on both Dec. 8 and 9. A total of 90 children will be split into three casts for the four shows.
The South Shore Ballet Theatre, located in Hanover, offers classes for dancers age 3 to adult. This will be its fifth annual production of "The Nutcracker."
Unlike many Nutcrackers, the SSBT doesn't use adult dancers for the lead roles, said Artistic Director Mathavan McKeon. Every part will be played by dancers age 17 and younger, except for the parents in the opening party scene.
"It's all about the students," said McKeon. "We don't water down the choreography; we make them work hard."
According to McKeon, this Nutcracker uses choreography that has been passed down from generation to generation, and mirrors the dancing seen in major dance ensembles.
"We don't want to be a professional company. We want to be a pre-professional school,'' said McKeon. "If they want to move on to professional careers, they have to learn these skills to be successful."
Tickets for the shows are $15, and all seats are reserved. For more information, visit the SSBT's website.