Kenosha Academy of Performing Arts staging “The Nutcracker” |

KENOSHA — Students from the Kenosha Academy of Performing Arts will perform in “The Nutcracker,” with performances at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17 and 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19 at Bradford High School Auditorium, 3700 Washington Road.

After nearly five months of rehearsals — and a year of in-person performances — the dancers are thrilled to bring this version of the iconic ballet to life, organizers say.

Performances include students as young as 5 years old, with lead roles danced by high school students and KAPA faculty members.

The full production features audience favorites like the exquisite snow scene (featuring “real” snowfall) and candy land, known for its sugar plum fairy.

This show, the academy’s eighth annual production, features dancing mice, toy soldiers, sugared almonds and “holiday magic.”

Annie Hackett, co-owner of the Kenosha Academy of Performing Arts, said the holiday performances “are a pure delight. Every detail has been taken care of with young spectators in mind.

“This Nutcracker production is a joy for everyone, especially young children,” Hackett added. “It’s the perfect way to introduce children to the magical world of ballet. For many Kenosha families, the show has become a holiday tradition.

The Kenosha Academy of Performing Arts was founded in 2006. The school enrolls over 600 students and offers dance and music classes for all ages. For more information, log on to kenoshadancemusicdrama.com or call 262-605-3951.