Performances of Tchaikovsky's century-old classic THE NUTCRACKER abound as usual this holiday season. Concluding their run on Sun., DEC. 2, more than 120 dance students join the Georgia Ballet, already the state's largest professional dance company, to present the story of little Clara and her adventures in the Land of the Sugar Plum Fairy complete with warring mice and a Nutcracker-turned-prince. $24.50-$31.50. Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 7 p.m.; Sun., 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Cobb Civic Center, Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, 548 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta. 770-528-0881. www.georgiaballet.org.