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Suzanne Farrell
All hail 'The Nutcracker' in Carroll County productions
All hail 'The Nutcracker' in Carroll County productions

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 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. Guest artists add extra sweetness to local "Nuts," and this season the area will be treated to stars of American Ballet Theater performing with a...