Ballet San Antonio once again brings the perennial holiday favorite, The Nutcracker to The Tobin Center for nine performances. San Antonio fans have a new production to look forward to this season from artistic director Willy Shives. In addition to his own choreography, Shives will incorporate that of the legendary Gerald Arpino for the “Land of Snow” and “Waltz of the Flowers” variations. Arpino was the co-founder of Joffrey Ballet and a tremendous mentor to Shives in his many years with that company. In this family-friendly fare, more than 100 children from the community will join the dancers of the company along with local celebrities making surprise cameo appearances. Another sweet treat is that the company will be performing to live accompaniment by the San Antonio Symphony.