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Sadness! Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet is retiring its epic, deliciously creepy Maurice Sendak production of The Nutcracker.

“[Sendak] likes real things, you know, like monsters and children that cry and make demands,” says former artistic director Kent Stowell. So in the Pacific Northwest Ballet's Nutcracker, there’s a huge rat puppet with a thick twitching tail that looks like it wraps all the way to the other side of the stage. There are also cannons and a Christmas tree that doubles in size to 48 feet right before your eyes.

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But current artistic director Peter Boal says this is the right time to retire the production. So he’s bringing George Balanchine's Nutcracker to Seattle. It’ll be a new production with sets and costumes designed by contemporary children’s author Ian Falconer, best known for his books about a very cultured pig named Olivia.

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– Petra