by Charles Womack

UNCSA’s The Nutcracker opens Dec. 13 and will be performed on select nights through Dec. 22 at the Stevens Center in downtown Winston-Salem. Featured guest artists include dancers Gillian Murphy, a UNCSA alum, and Gonzalo Garcia. The two dance the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Cavalier Prince on Dec. 13 and Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. The production is directed by Ethan Stiefel, former dead of the UNCSA School of Dance. The Tchaikovsky music will be performed by the school orchestra under the musical direction of guest conductor Charles Barker. Other performances are scheduled for Dec. 14, Dec. 20 and Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 14, Dec. 15, Dec. 21 and Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. For more information, visit !