The touring Moscow Ballets Great Russian Nutcracker pairs dancers and choreographers from the Soviet era with todays newest stars. Its the real thing, chock-full of elegant pas de deux, decadent sets of the Kingdom of Sweets and a host of local children skittering around as mice or snowflakes. Plus, we can assure you that the lightning-quick Russian Dance, always a crowd-pleaser with its astounding leaps and impossible energy, will be a special treat in the hands of experts. 3 p.m. today, 7:30 p.m. Friday. Stafford Centre Performing Arts Theatre, 10505 Cash Road in Stafford. For information, call 281-208-6900 or visit www.nutcracker.com. $25 to $65.
Fri., Dec. 28, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 29, 3 & 7:30 p.m., 2007