The Savannah Ballet Theatre asks that you allow the magic of sugar plum fairies and the drama of "The Nutcracker" to fill your head for two hours Dec. 2 in the enchanting, historic Lucas Theatre.

Plus, both the matinee and evening shows will include character meet and greets in the lobby after each performance.

"The legendary Tchaikovsky score will fuel the performance of this classic holiday ballet, which tells the story of a young girl's dream in which a Christmas gift comes to life and becomes her beloved prince," according to the Lucas Theatre's website. "The holiday season is about tradition and there's no better way to kick off the holiday spirit than by joining Clara as she goes from a fabulous holiday party set in 1940s Savannah to a dream unlike any other."

And Savannah localized it is.

"We're sticking to our Savannah-based production," said Abby McCuen, SBT's education and advancement director. "A lot of things people will relate to. We use Broughton Street in the Land of Sweets."

Artistic director Suzanne Braddy references the hallmarks of Savannah through themed production design and 1940s-era costumes, with several nods to local landmarks and traditions.

Seventeen professional company members as well as some local talent from the community will be part of the production. Top talent from New York is also helping out.

New York City-based, Emmy-winning set designer George McGarvey is joining the production team. Designer Jason Lee Courson, from New York City, created new projections for the production.

"Very few dance companies are doing this," McCuen said of the projected backgrounds. "I think we are one of the first in the entire Southeast to do that."

SBT received a project grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts for a seventh consecutive year. This support, along with corporate sponsorship, enables the Savannah Ballet Theatre to guarantee continued artistic innovation and excellence.

"One of our dancers moved here from Pennsylvania," said McCuen. "She picked Savannah Ballet Theatre because it is in Savannah and she was just enchanted by it. In my opinion, we have world class talent and they call Savannah home.

"Sit in the theater and enjoy two hours of just getting lost in the beauty and magic of theater," McCuen said.

- Andria Segedy contributed to this article.


What: Savanah Ballet Theatre's "The Nutcracker"

When: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 2

Where: Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St.

Cost: $25-$45

Info: 912-525-5050,