Dancers perform The Nutcracker in Petersburg in 2011. (Matt Lichtenstein/KFSK)

Petersburg’s Mitkof Dance Troupe returns to the stage this weekend for its first performance in front of a live audience in two years. Around 70 dancers will perform Clara’s Dream from the Nutcracker at the Wright Auditorium Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Joe Viechnicki spoke with dance teacher Olivia Reid about the performance.

Tickets are on sale at Lees Clothing. Performances are Friday and Saturday night at 6:30 and Sunday afternoon at 2:30.