Marius Petipa

'Nutcracker' once again offers enchantment

"The Nutcracker" has become a treasured entertainment tradition of the Christmas season, and again this year a most enchanting version can be found in Annapolis at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

At the Ballet Theatre of Maryland's opening performance, artistic director Dianna Cuatto briefly traced the history of this holiday favorite. Composed by Peter Tchaikovsky and choreographed by Marius Petipa, "The Nutcracker" originally received a cool reception at its Russian premiere in December 1892. Later when choreographed in 1944 by William Christensen, "The Nutcracker" enchanted San Francisco ballet audiences.

Long after Christensen's "The...