Ballet Theatre of Ohio (BTO), under the artistic direction of Christine Meneer, celebrates its 15th year of presenting "The Nutcracker" at the Akron Civic Theatre for seven performances, Nov. 24 through Dec. 2.

BTO will present seven performances of The Nutcracker: Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Nov. 25 at 2 p.m.; Nov. 30 at 7 p.m.; Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $25, $22 and $18 and are available at the Akron Civic Theatre Box Office 330-253-2488 or through TicketMaster at 330-945-9400. Visit BTO's Web site at www.BalletTheatreOhio.org to receive a special discount ticket offer for tickets, Girl Scout rates and group sales. Video clips and pictures from past performances also can be seen. Doors open one hour prior to each performance. Guests can arrive early and visit with Santa and the Nutcracker or shop at the ballet boutique. This year, ride the trolley to the Akron Civic Theatre. Visit www.Holidayfest.org for more information.

Additional information and events

Ballet Theatre of Ohio will host "Breakfast with Clara, The Nutcracker and Santa" on Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Four Points by Sheraton Akron West, 3150 W. Market Street, Akron, Ohio 44333.

Tickets for children 3 years and under are $5; children 4 through 12 are $15; and adults are $17. All attendees will have a breakfast buffet, have the opportunity to have their picture taken with Santa for $5, and all children will make a special keepsake. Children will also be able to meet and mingle with some of BTO's Nutcracker cast members. Call the BTO office at 330-688-6065 for more information, or visit www.BalletTheatreOhio.org for a printable order form. Reservations are required and seating is limited.

BTO also performs its Winter RepetorySeries Feb 15 and 16 and "Cinderella" May 3 and 4 all at the Akron Civic Theatre. Tickets are on sale now for all performances.