Wilton Dance Studio will reprise one of the season’s most cherished traditions with its  21st annual production of the Nutcracker ballet on Sunday, Dec. 9. The show will be performed at 1 and 4:30 at  Wilton High School’s Clune Center for the Arts, 395 Danbury Road.

The full-scale production with lavish sets and costumes includes more than 80 students and adults from seven area towns. New this year are a meet-and-greet with dancers and a toy drive for Person-to-Person to share the joy of the season with those in need.

To inspire any young dancers in the audience, “we’re adding a meet-and-greet and photo opportunity immediately following our 1:00 show,” said creative director and dance studio owner Brenda Froehlich. “We welcome audience members to come say hello to their favorite dancers and see our beautiful costumes up close.”

A fun part of the Nutcracker story involves the handing out of gifts to children at a festive party. Because some families in the area can’t afford that luxury, the Wilton Dance Studio was inspired to host a toy drive at both performances this year. Audience members are encouraged to drop off a new, unwrapped toy to be shared with a child in need. All toys will go to Person-to-Person.

“We are expecting to serve more children than ever this year, so the more toys we can get the better,” said Kim Collibee of Person-to-Person.

Wilton Dance Studio’s Nutcracker is of a length manageable for young children and does not require an intermission. The ballet includes the music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, professional sets and elegant costumes.

To buy tickets, call 203-544-9007 and leave a message or order at wiltondance.com, click on Nutcracker Performances, download and print the ticket order form. Tickets are also available at the door on the day of the show.