'The Nutcracker' playing two shows at Downey Theatre

DOWNEY – Southern California Dance Theatre will present the holiday favorite “The Nutcracker” at the Downey Theatre right before Christmas.

Performances are scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 22, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 23, at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets start at $29 and can be purchased at the Downey Theatre box office or online at downeytheatre.org.

Also available is a $100 VIP package, which includes premium reserved seating, a special Victorian tea before the Sunday matinee, and a behind-the-scenes backstage tour of the theatre.