Backstage at Sacramento Ballet's 'Nutcracker'Loading
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    Michelle McKibben, left, applies makeup to Serena Feniger prior to a Sacramento Ballet dress rehearsal of "The Nutcracker" at the Sacramento Community Theater in Sacramento on Thursday, December 5, 2013.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
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    Dancers Ava Chatterson, left, and Alexandra Cunningham apply eyelashes in their dressing room prior to a Sacramento Ballet dress rehearsal of "The Nutcracker" at the Sacramento Community Theater in Sacramento on Thursday, December 5, 2013.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
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    Carly Stewart 11, left, gets her hair adjusted by her mother Cheryl Stewart prior to a Sacramento Ballet dress rehearsal of "The Nutcracker" at the Sacramento Community Theater in Sacramento on Thursday, December 5, 2013. Carly was playing the role of, "Clara" in the production.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
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    Michelle McKibben applies makeup to children prior to a Sacramento Ballet dress rehearsal of "The Nutcracker" at the Sacramento Community Theater in Sacramento on Thursday, December 5, 2013.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
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    Portraying a cherub, Audrey Josa 9, left, tries to keep herself warm backstage during a Sacramento Ballet dress rehearsal of "The Nutcracker" at the Sacramento Community Theater in Sacramento on Thursday, December 5, 2013.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
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    Portraying a cook, Sasha Sanchez 6, center, gets some last-minute direction from volunteer Aimee Schopen, right during a Sacramento Ballet dress rehearsal of "The Nutcracker" at the Sacramento Community Theater in Sacramento on Thursday, December 5, 2013.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
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    One of 70 children cast as the cooks waits in line during a Sacramento Ballet dress rehearsal of "The Nutcracker" at the Sacramento Community Theater in Sacramento on Thursday, December 5, 2013.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
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    Orchestra keyboard player, Theresa Keanewarms up in the orchestra pit prior to a Sacramento Ballet dress rehearsal of "The Nutcracker" at the Sacramento Community Theater in Sacramento on Thursday, December 5, 2013.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
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    Production Manager Caitlin Sapunor-Davis announces that rehearsal begins in 15 minutes during a Sacramento Ballet dress rehearsal of "The Nutcracker" at the Sacramento Community Theater in Sacramento on Thursday, December 5, 2013.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
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    Young actors in costume wait in the wings during a Sacramento Ballet dress rehearsal of "The Nutcracker" at the Sacramento Community Theater in Sacramento on Thursday, December 5, 2013.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
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    Dancer Carrie Lebel stretches backstage prior to a Sacramento Ballet dress rehearsal of "The Nutcracker" at the Sacramento Community Theater in Sacramento on Thursday, December 5, 2013.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
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    Dancers Lauryn Winterhalder, left, and Stefan Calka watch from the wings during a Sacramento Ballet dress rehearsal of "The Nutcracker" at the Sacramento Community Theater in Sacramento on Thursday, December 5, 2013.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
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    Dancers gather around a water cooler during a Sacramento Ballet dress rehearsal of "The Nutcracker" at the Sacramento Community Theater in Sacramento on Thursday, December 5, 2013.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
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    Dancers watch from the wings during a Sacramento Ballet dress rehearsal of "The Nutcracker" at the Sacramento Community Theater in Sacramento on Thursday, December 5, 2013.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
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    Dancers warm up backstage during a Sacramento Ballet dress rehearsal of "The Nutcracker" at the Sacramento Community Theater in Sacramento on Thursday, December 5, 2013.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
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    Dancers perfrom during a Sacramento Ballet dress rehearsal of "The Nutcracker" at the Sacramento Community Theater in Sacramento on Thursday, December 5, 2013.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
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    Dancer Carrie Lebel stretches backstage prior to a Sacramento Ballet dress rehearsal of "The Nutcracker" at the Sacramento Community Theater in Sacramento on Thursday, December 5, 2013.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
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    Dancers watch from the wings during a Sacramento Ballet dress rehearsal of "The Nutcracker" at the Sacramento Community Theater in Sacramento on Thursday, December 5, 2013.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
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    Dancer Carrie Lebel watches from backstage during a Sacramento Ballet dress rehearsal of "The Nutcracker" at the Sacramento Community Theater in Sacramento on Thursday, December 5, 2013.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
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    Dancers prepare to perform on stage during a Sacramento Ballet dress rehearsal of "The Nutcracker" at the Sacramento Community Theater in Sacramento on Thursday, December 5, 2013.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
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    Candy Cane dancer, Sarah Hicks takes a break during a Sacramento Ballet dress rehearsal of "The Nutcracker" at the Sacramento Community Theater in Sacramento on Thursday, December 5, 2013.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
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    Snowflake in the Snow Scene is company dancer, Lauren Breen during a Sacramento Ballet dress rehearsal of "The Nutcracker" at the Sacramento Community Theater in Sacramento on Thursday, December 5, 2013.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
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    Dancer Karen Wing and others perfrom during a Sacramento Ballet dress rehearsal of "The Nutcracker" at the Sacramento Community Theater in Sacramento on Thursday, December 5, 2013.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
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    Dancers perform during a Sacramento Ballet dress rehearsal of "The Nutcracker" at the Sacramento Community Theater in Sacramento on Thursday, December 5, 2013.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
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    Dancers wait in the wings for their parts during a Sacramento Ballet dress rehearsal of "The Nutcracker" at the Sacramento Community Theater in Sacramento on Thursday, December 5, 2013.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
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    Dancers Stefan Calka, left, and Lauryn Winterhalder perfrom during a Sacramento Ballet dress rehearsal of "The Nutcracker" at the Sacramento Community Theater in Sacramento on Thursday, December 5, 2013.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
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    Dancers Richard Porter, left, and Alexandra Cunningham perform during a Sacramento Ballet dress rehearsal of "The Nutcracker" at the Sacramento Community Theater in Sacramento on Thursday, December 5, 2013.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
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    during a Sacramento Ballet dress rehearsal of "The Nutcracker" at the Sacramento Community Theater in Sacramento on Thursday, December 5, 2013.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
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    Lighting Designer Steve Odehnal, left, and Director Ron Cunningham watch during a Sacramento Ballet dress rehearsal of "The Nutcracker" at the Sacramento Community Theater in Sacramento on Thursday, December 5, 2013.
    Randall Benton | rbenton@sacbee.com
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