Those sugarplums abide: The 21st century may be nearing its teens,
but a tradition dating back to the late 19th is still in vogue. Here's a
few of "The "Nutcracker" treats on display this season:
Joffrey Ballet: The
casting for Friday's opening of the "The Nutcracker" at the Auditorium
Theatre showcases some of the Joffrey Ballet's up-and-coming stars.
Garcia will take on the key role of the Sugar Plum Fairy, partnered
by Mauro Villanueva as her Act II prince. Brazilian-born Ricardo Santos
steps into the triple roles of Snow Prince, Fritz and Tea from China,
parts traditionally played on opening night by Calvin Kitten, who
retired from the company last season.
The husband-and-wife team
of Victoria Jaiani and Temur Suluashvili will be Snow Queen and King,
while Anastacia Holden will dance Clara. (All casting is subject to
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