A preview article from Iris Fanger in the Patriot Ledger:
Sweet on the ‘Nutcracker’ - Young ballerinas leap at their chance to shine in big Boston productionMore from the PatriotLedger
The tradition of children in “The Nutcracker” extends back to the work’s premiere, allowing generations of students to prepare for professional careers. Nearly 100 children, drawn from the ranks of the Boston Ballet’s three schools in Boston, Newton and Norwell, will be on stage with members of the ballet company ...Jared Redick, Boston Ballet soloist and principal of the Boston Ballet School in Norwell, will dance alongside the children he teaches.
A review from Karen Campbell in the Boston Globe:
A sweet and spirited 'Nutcracker'More from the Globe
Choreographed by artistic director Mikko Nissinen, the company's version of this beloved classic sports vivid, imaginative scenery by Helen Pond and Herbert Senn, elaborate, often whimsical costumes by David Walker and Charles Heightchew, and captivating special effects .... However, the production also features substantive choreography and, in last evening's opening night performance at the Opera House, some exquisite dancing.
A review from Keith Powers in the Boston Herald:
Boston Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ is still a treat for kids of all agesMore from the Herald
Continuing with the choreography first presented by Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen in 2003, the ensemble rolled out the timeless story of Clara and her magical Christmas present with formidable artistry. Of course there were comic turns and gags galore for the kids, but this “Nutcracker” has plenty for the adults as well.
Nissinen has given the story a straightforward energy that brings clarity to its very thin plot.