Special guest artist Maxwell Simoes (shown at right) will perform as Snow King and as Cavalier in Valley Dance Theater's "The Nutcracker," which opens next weekend at the Bankhead Theater.
Evening performances are at 7 p.m. Dec. 8, 14, 15 and 16; matinees are at 2 p.m. Dec. 8, 9, 15 and 16.
Tickets are $42 and $33; and $21 for students 18 and younger. Go to www.lvpac.org or the box office at 2400 First St. in Livermore; or call 373-6800. To avoid online scams, buy tickets online only through this website.