A look at this season's Nutcracker productions

Dominic Papatola
Dominic Papatola
MPR Photo/Jim Bickal

Perhaps no holiday performance tradition is more prevalent this time of year than "The Nutcracker."

Scores of dance companies across the country bring Tchaikovsky's ballet about a little girl and her big dreams to the stage every winter.

MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Morning Edition arts commentator and St. Paul Pioneer Press theater critic Dominic Papatola, who has seen his share of Nutcracker performances.

He talks about this year's offerings and some memorable productions from years past.

Your support matters.

You make MPR News possible. Individual donations are behind the clarity in coverage from our reporters across the state, stories that connect us, and conversations that provide perspectives. Help ensure MPR remains a resource that brings Minnesotans together.