A Washington tradition for 30 years, The Nutcracker is the story of Clara-Marie’s favorite toy and their adventure together in the land of the Sugarplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. $12. On stage at Glen Echo, Nov. 29 to Dec. 29. Recommended for ages 5, up. thepuppetco.org.