This was posted elsewhere twice but I thought I'd start a new topic just for Oakland:
Cash-strapped Oakland ballet to use taped music for `Nutcracker'
San Jose Mercury News
As a further indication of the budget woes affecting many dance companies in the Bay Area, the Oakland Ballet announced this week that it will perform its ``Nutcracker'' to taped music this year instead of using the Oakland East Bay Symphony as scheduled. <a href=http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/7368627.htm target=_blank>more</a>