Here comes one of the Twin Cities’ most traditional “Nutcrackers,” co-presented by Metropolitan Ballet and Kenwood Symphony Orchestra. Now in its 11th season, this lavish full-length production boasts a 50-piece orchestra and four pro New York City dancers in the leads. Director Erik Sanborn coaxes especially dramatic performances for a “Nutcracker” rich with emotion and story. Also featuring dancers from Hopkins Youth Ballet. (1 p.m. & 7 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun., Hopkins Auditorium, 2400 Lindbergh Dr., Minnetonka, $29-$59, 1-866-811-4111, metroballet.org.)

SHEILA REGAN