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10 Facts About The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker is a talented toymaker who has brought with him gifts for the children, including four lifelike dolls who dance to the delight of all.
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The Nutcracker appears to lead the soldiers, who are joined by tin soldiers, and by dolls who serve as doctors to carry away the wounded.
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The Nutcracker leads Clara through the moonlit night to a pine forest in which the snowflakes dance around them, beckoning them on to his kingdom as the first act ends.
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The Nutcracker said some productions had made changes to improve this.
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Stoner Winslett of the Richmond Ballet said The Nutcracker was not racist and that her productions had a "diverse cast".
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Warm and welcoming veneer of domestic bliss in The Nutcracker gives the appearance that all is just plummy in the ballet world.
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The tyranny of The Nutcracker is emblematic of how dull and risk-averse American ballet has become.
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The Nutcracker's hears stories of trickery, deceit, a rodent mother avenging her children's death, and a character who must never fall asleep .
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