The Nutcracker's beautiful music, lush scenery and lavish costumes set the perfect backdrop for E.T.A. Hoffmann's timeless story. Young imaginations will be sparked and audiences of all ages delighted as a Christmas tree grows to huge proportions, mice and soldiers battle, and waltzing snowflakes whirl about amidst falling snow. Children will especially enjoy seeing candies and sweets from exotic lands come to life and a gigantic Mother Ginger as she plays with her many ginger children. SVB's annual production of the Nutcracker is a Roanoke holiday tradition. Featuring a cast of over 150 performers that represent over 15 dance schools from the Roanoke Valley and beyond, the ballet continues to delight audiences of all ages year after year.