Several area students will perform with Portland Ballet in “Victorian Nutcracker” Dec. 7 at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston and Dec. 17 at Portland’s Merrill Auditorium. Among them, from left, front row, are Lily Dearing of Lisbon Falls, Heather Baxter of Lewiston, Madeline Walker-Elders of Lisbon Falls and Kiah Baxter of Lewiston. Back row: Ashton Plummer of Lewiston, Alison Walker-Elders of Lisbon Falls, and Kaylee Plummer, Melina Plummer, Marshall Baxter and Leah Fournier, all of Lewiston. “Victorian Nutcracker” set designs are inspired by rooms in Portland’s Victoria Mansion, and costumes and characters are based on well-known local historical figures. Adding to the festive atmosphere, audience members will be greeted by the Victorian Nutcracker Festival Singers caroling in the lobby. Tickets to the 2 p.m. abbreviated performance at the Franco-American Heritage Center are $11-$16; call 689-2000. Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. Portland performance are $17-$47; call 842-0800 or log on to

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