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Suzanne Farrell
All hail 'The Nutcracker'!
All hail 'The Nutcracker'!

The Sugarplum Fairy remains the most challenging role in "The Nutcracker" ballet. A ballerina must be secure in her classical technique and mature in her dramatic skills to excel in this role. She also must be a smart leader on stage as she endeavors to keep all those tiny sugar plum darlings from tripping over one another in the Land of the Sweets. For young dancers, being chosen for Clara also elicits "oohs" and "ahs" of envy, for it is she who gets the spotlight as she wins the heart of her Nutcracker Prince. Nonetheless, much of the buzz this "Nutcracker" season surrounds the casting of the grown-ups for the big holiday party scene. Yes, these...