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No Nutcracker Without the Kids: Behind the Scenes at Oakland Ballet

December 19, 2017

The Nutcracker owes at least some of its enduring popularity to the charming sight of children in the cast. SFCV’s Katharine Dimitruk was on hand for a rehearsal with the Oakland Ballet Company as they worked with kids on several scenes in preparation for their production of Graham Lustig’s Nutcracker. She also visited a school during an outreach program with the company.

Nutcracker performances with the Oakland Symphony run Saturday, Dec. 23 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 24 at 1 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, Oakland. Tickets and more information at the Oakland Ballet Company website.

Katharine Dimitruk is a freelance photographer and music enthusiast based in the East Bay.