Sierra Nevada Ballet will perform "Peanutcracker -- the Story in a Nut Shell" twice on Dec. 1 in Carson City.
It's not like a Reader's Digest musical and dance version of Peter Tchaikovsky's classic, but "Peanutcracker" was written to provide brevity in ballet for a specific reason.
"I wrote it for the children," said Rosine Bena, who has performed the "Nutcracker" role of The Sugar Plum Fairy. She did so during her days as a top ballerina, and she wrote the adaptation almost two decades ago.
Bena's ballet company will offer two performances of her mini-classic for youngsters and their …