ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Rafael Grigorian's rendition of 'The Nutcracker' makes its return to the Clemens Center this Saturday. Grigorian, the master of Rafael Grigorian Ballet Theatre spoke to the impact 'The Nutcracker' has on Christmas media around the world. 

"Many years, many more than [a] century, this show [is] still [the] number one Christmas show: in ballet, in movies, in any different way to present this story," said Rafael Grigorian, founder and artistic director of Rafael Grigorian Ballet Theatre.

Grigorian and his ballet students have been bringing the show to the Clemens Center for over 30 years. The Elmira-based production has received international recognition, performing the version in Nagoya, Japan 

"We always try to make [the] best job we can. We always, always promise that audiences who will come and see our production... will not be disappointed, they will appreciate [it] and be very happy," said Grigorian. 

One of Grigorian's former students, who is now a professional dancer, will be returning this year to the Twin Tiers to contribute to 'The Nutcracker' as a guest artist.

"I very much recommend that people come, it's local people, and you will say, 'How beautiful.' Local people from a small area can succeed, [and] make [their] dream come true," Grigorian said.

Rafael Grigorian Ballet Theatre's 'The Nutcracker' will be performing at the Clemens Center's Powers Theatre Saturday starting at 2 p.m. The show has a run-time of about 2 hours and 30 minutes. You can get tickets here.