The Northwest Florida Ballet (NFB) announces programming for its 49th season productions at venues all along the Emerald Coast and the return of the Northwest Florida Ballet Symphony Orchestra.

NFB opens this season Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. with "A Midsummer Night's Dream," a free outdoor performance in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin's Grand Park based on William Shakespeare's famous play that includes a happy tangle of plots and subplots about the loves and adventures of mortals and mystical beings.

NFB returns to the Mattie Kelly Arts Center to present the 39th annual production of the classic holiday favorite, "The Nutcracker." Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 18 and features live musical accompaniment by the NFB Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director and conductor David Ott. This timeless tradition is a celebrated favorite of families along the Emerald Coast as it marks the start of their holiday season. Box office prices for adults are $38 each and $18 for children 12 and under.

As an additional holiday treat, NFB brings back Lightwire Theater for "A Very Electric Christmas" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Destin United Methodist Church's Life Center. Lightwire Theater will thrill audiences of all ages with this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits from Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey and Tchaikovsky. Box office priced tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under.

The 2018-2019 NFB season concludes with "New Moves," performed at 7:30 p.m. March 8, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. March 9 as well as 2:30 p.m. March 10. "New Moves" features the premiere of new and cutting edge works by guest choreographers as well as a mix of contemporary, neoclassical and classical pieces from the NFB repertoire.

This unique studio series experience is performed in a specially designed black box theater at NFB's downtown studios. The event will also include an art exhibit featuring some of Northwest Florida's best visual artists showcasing a wide range of media, from traditional paint on canvas to high-resolution photography. Box office priced tickets for "New Moves" are $35 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under.

"We are excited to offer a variety of productions in venues across the Emerald Coast in this, our 49th anniversary season. We are happy to bring world class training and performances to our community as well as unsurpassed educational opportunities in arts education through our NFB Academie," said NFB Artistic Director and CEO Todd Eric Allen.