Clara will have a ball in New Orleans in Delaware Dance Alliance's production of the “Jazz Nutcracker” at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in Dover on Saturday.

Clara will have a ball in New Orleans in Delaware Dance Alliance’s production of the “Jazz Nutcracker” at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in Dover on Saturday. The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 to $20.

The “Jazz Nutcracker,” written by Duke Ellington, is unlike the original "Nutcracker," which takes place in the late 1800s on Christmas Eve. The "Jazz Nutcracker" is set in the 1960s in New Orleans on a young woman named Clara’s 21st birthday. She's at home waiting for her friends to take her for a night out on the town.

Once they arrive, she's given presents, one of which is a red polka dot dress. Now donning the posh outfit, the girlies venture through Bourbon Street and meet street dancers while on their way to a cabaret.

After meeting the guys, Clara encounters a host of other interesting characters that include tipsy waiters and a flexible Arabian dancer. All of these characters, each with their own unique personalities, add more excitement to Clara's big day as they perform a variety of dance styles that includes hip-hop, jazz and ballet.

The "Jazz Nutcracker" is more of a realistic take on the traditional "Nutcracker," so you won't find any mice or toy soldiers in this show. There are no battles to be fought or women to be saved. There is, however, a prince; he's in the guise of handsome sailor.

DDA's rendition of the "Jazz Nutcracker" on Saturday will mark the company's fourth consecutive season presenting the show.

For tickets, visit schwartzcenter.com or call 678-5152. For additional information, visit dedancealliance.com or call 422-2633.