Springfield Ballet has a few surprises in this year's production of the classic Christmas tradition. The Nutcracker opens Thursday at The Landers Theatre. Sophia Hom will be making her debut as "Clara." The performance will also feature new costumes and new magic tricks by "Drosselmyer," who gives his godchild the magical nutcracker doll. The Nutcracker runs December 12 - 15. It is nearly sold out. For show times and ticket information call (417) 869-1334.