Growing up in Tulsa, we always went to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, which puts on, in my limited opinion, one of the best versions of this ballet ever. However, I don't live in Tulsa anymore and going would provide a lot more planning. This year, I wanted to share my childhood experiences with my daughter, who is 4 and obsessed with all things ballet and princess. This year, we tried out the OU Festival Ballet for our Nutcracker fix and it did not disappoint! The set was not nearly as elaborate as the more "professional" productions that I have seen but the dancers were wonderful, very animated and graceful. Plus, in the smaller venue, we could actually see details like facial expressions, costumes, and the musicians more clearly. The children were especially a treat to watch, some were clearly a little dazed by the lights and audience and some were such little hams dancing around with huge grins on their faces.