This is the 45th season that the Appalachian Ballet Company will present The Nutcracker.

The performances this year feature new choreography and a beautiful backdrop scene.

While audiences focus on the dancers on stage a production crew keeps the show going behind the scenes. This week the crew is adding the finishing touches to the set and practicing the logistics of falling snow.

Knoxville Civic Auditorium this weekend

Saturday December 1 at 7:30

Sunday December 2 at 3:00

Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville next weekend

Friday December 7 at 7:30

Saturday December 8 at 3:00.