As December rolls around, thoughts inevitably turn to rodent monarchs and sugar plum fairies, thanks in no small part to the genius of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It’s been estimated the Russian composer’s perennial classic has sold more tickets for American ballet companies than any other single production.

Mobile is in the thick of it with a trio of presentations on tap during December.

Mobile Ballet stages their production as a Sunday matinee on Dec. 15, 2:30 p.m. at the Mobile Civic Center Theater. Their presentation features guest artists Vilia Putrius and Mindaugas Bauzys, principal dancers from Festival Ballet Providence in Rhode Island.

Tickets range from $15 – $45. Those in need of particular seats or handicapped seating, call 251-342-2241 and ask for Office Coordinator Ed Masline.

On the Eastern Shore, Bay Shore Ballet unveils their “Nutcracker” Dec. 14 and 15 at the Fairhope Civic Center (161 N Section St, Fairhope). Artistic Director Janet Carole has reset the work in its two full acts and it features principal dancer Glorianne Morrow along with Zack Woods, Lesleigh McKeough, Annie Laurie O’ Neill, Tracy Peters and 60 dancers from around the area.

A special Saturday preview performance begins at 2 p.m. before the evening’s 7:30 p.m. show. Sunday curtain is at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $12, $10 for seniors and children 12 and under. Tickets are available at Bay Shore Ballet (305 Fels Ave.), Page and Palette (32 S Section St.), Coffee Loft (503 N. Section St.) or at the door.

For ticket information, please call 251-990-9744. For information regarding reserved tickets, contact Trin Ollinger at 251-583-3875.