The Hope College Ballet Club will present its rendition of the holiday favorite "The Nutcracker" on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

** The performance is a sellout (11/24/09) **

Set to music by Tchaikovsky, the production is directed by sophomores Allyson Dreger of Kalamazoo; Stephanie Rankin of Levittown, Pa.; and Heather Stiff of Galena, Ohio.

The three directors note that the "Nutcracker" performance is a collaboration of the work of several choreographers, each bringing with them their own varied histories with the beloved holiday ballet.

"All of our dancers are really excited to perform, and we are just so proud of how everyone is coming together to make this full-length ballet production possible," they said.  "It should be a fun and exciting performance that everyone should attend."

The Hope College Ballet Club is a student organization dedicated to exploring the spirit of ballet, increasing its members' technical efficiency through classical ballet, and considering the role that ballet plays in today's dance world through experiencing contemporary and original works rooted in ballet.

Tickets are available at the ticket office in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse, which is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890.  The ticket office will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26-27, because of the Thanksgiving holiday.  Any remaining tickets will be available at the door.

The DeVos Fieldhouse is located at 222 Fairbanks Ave., between Ninth and 11th streets. The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St.