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San Francisco Ballet: Nutcracker: Helgi Thomasson directs a grand-scale, event-level production of the holiday children's classic, which features more than 300 costumes, a 22-ft.-tall fireplace, an eight-ft.-tall present, a 30-ft.-high Christmas tree, and a total of 400 hours in construction time to make the Snow Queen's tutu. Dec. 2-29. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave. (at Grove St.), San Francisco.

Smuin Ballet: Program Two: Featuring the 2005 edition of The Christmas Ballet, a family-friendly holiday favorite with traditional seasonal music and a tap-dancing Frosty the Snowman. The program opens at the Dean Lesher Center November 25 and 26, goes to the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts November 30 through December 4, comes to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts from December 9 to 23, and concludes at Carmel's Sunset Center December 29 and 30. Fri., Nov. 25; Sat., Nov. 26. Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek, 925-943-7469,

Thinderella: Role Players Ensemble Theatre presents a traditional English patromime based on the fairy tale Cinderella. Starting Dec. 2, Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Dec. 11, $6-$16, 925-314-3463, Danville Town Hall Meeting Hall, 201 Front St., Danville.

Toy Camp: A San Ramon Community Theater presentation about a place where toys learn to be good toys. Starting Dec. 2, Fridays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 & 7 p.m.; Sundays, 2 & 7 p.m. Continues through Dec. 12, $8-$10. Front Row Theater, 10711 Bollinger Canyon Rd., San Ramon.

The Velveteen Rabbit: A dance performance by ODC Dance of San Francisco of the classic children's story. Sat., Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 18, 2 p.m., $10-$22. Amador Theater, 1155 Santa Rita Rd., Pleasanton.

Whiskers!: A musical adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit, performed by the Galatean Players Ensemble Theatre. Tue., Dec. 13, 9:15, 11:15 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.; Wed., Dec. 14, 9:15, 11:15 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.; Thu., Dec. 15, 9:15, 11:15 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.; Tue., Dec. 20, 9:15, 11:15 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.; Wed., Dec. 21, 9:15, 11:15 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.; Thu., Dec. 22, 9:15, 11:15 a.m. & 1:15 p.m., $8-$15. Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek, 925-943-7469,


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