Sugar plums galore: several renditions of The Nutcracker on stage this week

Performances of the Christmas classic ‘The Nutcracker’ take traditional and contemporary forms.

One thing that won’t be lacking this holiday season is the opportunity to see a live performance of “The Nutcracker.”

The classic ballet tells the story of young Marie Stahlbaum and her favorite Christmas toy, the Nutcracker. After springing to life to defeat the evil Mouse King in battle, the Nutcracker takes her to a magical wonderland with dolls and sweets. Your task will be choosing which local performance to attend.

Mount Pleasant Performing Arts Company’s version will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Sottile Theatre; South Carolina’s Ballet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center; Charlotte Ballet will perform it at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and again at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Gaillard Center.

You can also catch a contemporary production of a holiday favorite with “The Hip-Hop Nutcracker,” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. The performance, featuring rap legend MC Kurtis Blow, is directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, the artistic director of the all-female hip-hop crew Decadancetheatre in Brooklyn.

Check the venues’ websites for more information about each show.