Nine years ago, the Valley Performing Arts Council launched a Thanksgiving weekend tradition: a joint production of “The Nutcracker” with the Sacramento Ballet. It’ll be performed at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, and Sunday, Nov. 30 at the Saroyan Theatre.
One charming aspect of the production is the incorporation of local children in the show alongside the professionals. (The same is the case with the Central California Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” on Dec. 13 and 14.) For our 7 cover story today, we asked seven of those local children to come in for a photo shoot. We didn’t use the above picture by Bee photographer Mark Crosse of Jillian Rogers, left, as Clara, and Caleigh Alday, as Fritz, in the print edition, but I wanted to be sure to share it with folks. To me, it captures the youth and vitality of “The Nutcracker” no matter how many times you’ve seen it.