MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre, the non-profit performing company of Coastal Dance Centre, is presenting their eighth annual holiday production of The Nutcracker at the Beach Church Auditorium, located at 557 George Bishop Pkwy. in Myrtle Beach, on Dec. 6 through Dec. 8.

This full-length production features a cast of some of the area's most talented young dancers, along with the support of the Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre dance families and the area's community members.

"Our annual production features spectacular scenery with fabulous and colorful costumes, making this age-old tradition sparkle like new," said Liza Mata, artistic director for Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre and Coastal Dance Centre. "This eighth annual performance has become an eagerly anticipated holiday tradition in the area and offers a perfect way to get into the holiday spirit."

Bringing excitement to this year's performances is the tradition started in 2012 of searching for local celebrities who will get up on stage and star as the popular "Mother Ginger" character. This year, that role will be played by: Andrew Wright, graduating senior and captain of the St. James High School football team; Frank Johnson, chief meteorologist at WBTW Channel 13; Myrtle Beach City Councilman Randal Wallace; and state Sen. Luke Rankin.

Public performances are scheduled for Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m., and both Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and Dec. 8, at 4 p.m. A special matinee show for area schools is set for Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. For school reservations, call Sandra Rogers at (843) 839-5678 or (843) 651-2006.

Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $15 for both seniors 65 years of age or older and children between 3 and 12 years old.

To purchase tickets online, go to www.CYBT.org.