This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Bay Shore Ballet Academy’s annual presentation of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic, “The Nutcracker.” The tale of magical toys will be staged at the Fairhope Civic Center (161 N. Section St.) on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m.

Tickets range from $5 to $12 and are available at the door, online at, at Bay Shore Ballet Academy (305 Fels Ave.) or Page and Palette Bookstore (32 N. Section St.). Reserved-seating tickets are also available for $17 and can be purchased online.

Theatre 98 seeks director
Theatre 98 has been a mainstay of Mobile area cultural contribution and now there’s opportunity for individual contribution to their endeavors. Longtime technical director Jonne Thornton is retiring and the plucky playhouse is seeking his successor for the paid position.

The theater needs someone who can organize set construction, hanging lights and various special effects. They would be working closely with co-production managers Chris Francendese and Jon Robitaille and directors of the individual shows.

Interested parties should send résumés to Theatre 98 president Rob Clark, at or P.O. Box 967, Montrose, AL 36559.

Baldwin Pops conclude series
Your last chance to catch the Baldwin Pops Band’s Christmas show with new conductor Dr. Jason Rinehart comes on Thursday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m. at the Gulf Shores Cultural Center (19470 Oak Road W. and County Road 6).

The playbill includes “Christmas on Broadway,” “The Little Drummer Boy’s Bolero,” “White Christmas” and “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

Santa Claus is scheduled for a visit. A Toys for Tots representative from the U.S Marine Corps Reserve will collect new unwrapped toys for those who wish to contribute.

This concert is sponsored by the city of Gulf Shores. In addition, the Baldwin Pops Band is sponsored by a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

The concert is free. For more information, call 251-987-5757 or visit

‘Tis the season for arts support
Don’t forget that the holiday season is the perfect time to support your community and loved ones with gifts. Season tickets or membership in cultural organizations are perfect ways to make your giving count throughout the year. Theater groups, the symphony, opera, museums or myriad other groups can use the involvement, while friends and family whose interests run in those directions will think of you every time they indulge in the pursuits.

All it takes is a little digging into their hobbies or interests, then call the pertinent organizations to find the purchase that meets your needs. Umbrella organizations such as the Mobile Arts Council make a great starting point for your hunt.