"The Nutcracker" at Russell times and dates announced


Both the Polar Express Trolley Ride and Lockerly In Lights have come on strong in recent years, but The Nutcracker at Russell Auditorium remains the O.G. of Milledgeville holiday traditions.

It's become a holiday institution around town and something synonymous with Christmas.

Showtimes are all set for this year's performances at Russell Auditorium: 

• Friday, Dec. 8 – 7 p.m.

• Saturday, Dec. 9 – 7 p.m.

• Sunday, Dec. 10 – 2 p.m.

Tickets are available online at gcsutickets.com and also at the door. The cost is $15 for general admission, $10 for senior citizens/GCSU faculty/GCSU staff/non-GCSU students and $5 for GCSU students.

This year's rendition will include all-new costumes and some souped-up special effects, including a 24-foot dancing dragon and falling snow. All totaled, more than 200 people are included in the program, with the youngest being the 3- and 4-year-old "Tiny Mice" and the 5- and 6-year-old "Little Angels."

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Amelia Pelton is the woman with the plan.

“When I first directed this classic ballet 27 years ago on campus, we only had about 40 dancers,” said Amelia Pelton, director of dance at Georgia College. “I look forward to this all year and plan it year-round. It is my joy.”

Following in a long line of "Claras" is Kaylee Smith, a junior at Georgia Military College Prep.

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