ballet http://kcur.org en Inside The Nutcracker http://kcur.org/post/inside-nutcracker <p>This year marks the Kansas City Ballet&rsquo;s 39th annual production of The Nutcracker. It&rsquo;s a holiday tradition, with a cast of more than 200, mostly children.</p><blockquote><p><em><a href="http://kcurstream.umkc.edu/news/1209Nutcrackerwithintro.mp3">Click here</a> to start/stop the audio version of this story.</em></p></blockquote><p>Rebecca Smith, the stage manager, is the one charged with the herculean task of coordinating all of the students, dancers, costumes and props. Not surprisingly, she&#39;s hard to keep up with this time of year.</p><p> Fri, 09 Dec 2011 16:00:32 +0000 Laura Spencer 8678 at http://kcur.org Inside The Nutcracker