When: Sat., Dec. 17, 7 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 18, 2 p.m. 2016
From its picturesque scenery to its one-of-a-kind culture, Vermont is a wellspring of inspiration. Moving Light Dance taps into the state’s boundless beauty and other unique traits for its annual production of The Green Mountain Nutcracker, directed by Christine Harris. Staged at Barre Opera House for the 10th year, this seasonal showcase of original choreography and handmade costumes features local students leaping and twirling alongside professional performers. Ballet buffs watch with wonder as the classic Christmas tale gets the full Vermont treatment — loggers, snow-covered forests, a Maple Sugar Fairy and all.