This series presents an “in the wings” view of the Nutcracker as performed by a local ballet company. The backstage hustle and bustle, make up, hair, costumes, nervous chatter, one last practice. Waiting in the wings, private thoughts, silent prayers, final review. And then, on cue, transformation. And it is all grace and beauty. The movements flow, liberated, as if all of the prior flurry and anxiety were simply an expression of the need to break free and soar.