The Moscow Ballet has been touring its production of Tchaikovsky’s children’s classic in the United States and Canada since 1993. Originally choreographed by Bolshoi Ballet veteran Stanislav Vlasov, it showcases the stately Russian dance. In this version, the little girl is named Masha, not the more usual Clara, and is performed by an adult ballerina, which lets the story lean more toward a romance between our young heroine and her Nutcracker-turned-Prince. The tour also featured dozens of children, in roles such as snowflakes, drawn from the local community.
Details: 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $15-$85. 602-379-2888, comericatheatre.com.