Tucson Regional Ballet has its own rendition of the annual spectacle - A Southwest Nutcracker:
This original, full length classical ballet translates the traditional Nutcracker to Tucson in the 1880's complete with the battle of the coyotes and the US Cavalry. Travel with young Maria (Clara) and the Nutcracker General over the glistening, falling snow of Mt. Lemmon to a Desert Dream of Chili Peppers, Mama Pinata and the waltzing Desert Poppies. The live musical accompaniment, lovely costumes and breathtaking, professionally designed sets; along with the giant growing Christmas tree, enhance the strong TRB dancing.Here, Cianna (Snow Queen) and her group practices, together with the younger cavalry and coyotes.