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“The Nutcracker on the Hill” director Jonathan Guise helps his dancers through the “mice dance” scene. The Nutcracker on the Hill will have its first performance Friday and will run through Sunday. Showtimes are 7 p.m. today, 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. All performances will be at the Duane W. Smith Auditorium, which is located on Diamond Drive near Los Alamos High School.
‘Nutcracker on the Hill’ set for tonight

The Christmas spirit and what makes Los Alamos Los Alamos will be on full display tonight at Duane W. Smith Auditorium. That will be when Dance Arts Los Alamos presents “The Nutcracker on the Hill,” a unique take the classic Russian ballet that first premiered in St. Petersberg Russia in 1892.  
This year, Nutcracker Director Jonathan Guise has infused swing music, science fiction and a little bit of Los Alamos’ illustrious past into the production.
“This is our second year running,” Guise said. “It was such a big hit, we wanted to do it again. Many people said last year that they wanted to go see it, but they just missed it. We want to give everybody a chance to check it out.”
Without giving too much away, the production involves a time-traveling spy, and the theft of some of some very important documents.
Guise said he enjoyed writing it, which involved trips to the Bradbury Museum and walking around Los Alamos until the story came together.

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