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Stages packed with cheer

  • The 6th Street Playhouse production of “A Christmas Story” stars Chris Schloemp as the Old Man and Kim Williams as Mother. (ERIC CHAZANKIN)

'Tis the season for Sugarplum Fairies, and soon you'll be able see “The Nutcracker” as often as you wish without leaving Sonoma County, where you'll find at least half a dozen productions of the classic ballet.

A few dance schools and companies offer alternatives, drawing from sources that include “Babes in Toyland,” originally introduced as an operetta more than a century ago and later adapted as a Disney film.

Then there are the theatrical offerings, with “A Christmas Story,” a stage version of the 1983 film that's becoming a new tradition, and “Scrooge,” emerging as an alternative to “A Christmas Carol.”

Here are some Sonoma County holiday selections from the world of dance and theater:

“The Nutcracker”

Petaluma's North Bay Performing Arts Center and Contessi Ballet: 7 p.m. Nov. 30, 2 p.m. Dec. 1. Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. $15-$25. 338-1013. nbpaccontessi-ballet.com. Spreckels box office: 588-3400.

Petaluma School of Ballet: 7 p.m. Dec. 6, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 8. Evert B. Person Theatre, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. $15-$26. 762-3972, petalumaschoolofballet.com.

Santa Rosa Dance Theater: 7 p.m. Dec. 6, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 7, 2 p.m. Dec. 8. Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. $20-$25. 539-0516, santarosadancetheater.com. Spreckels box office: 588-3400.

Ballet Califia: 8 p.m. Dec. 13, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Dec. 14, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. $18-$25. 570-7682, califiabal@aol.com.

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