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Spotlight: Orlando Ballet's "The Nutcracker"

"The Nutcracker" image courtesy of Orlando Ballet

The Orlando Ballet’s presentation of "The Nutcracker" is an annual holiday tradition for the organization. And the tradition is expanding, says the ballet, to reflect both growing ticket sales and the diverse makeup of the central Florida community.

90.7's Nicole Darden Creston sat in on a recent rehearsal as the company prepared for tonight’s opening, and spoke to Artistic Director Robert Hill and to Amaya Joseph – a young ballerina, barely a teen – making her debut in the lead role of Clara, the girl at the center of "The Nutcracker" story.

Click the Play Audio button above to hear their conversation.

More information on Orlando Ballet's "The Nutcracker" is available at the Orlando Ballet website.

Nicole came to Central Florida to attend Rollins College and started working for Orlando’s ABC News Radio affiliate shortly after graduation. She joined Central Florida Public Media in 2010. As a field reporter, news anchor and radio show host in the City Beautiful, she has covered everything from local arts to national elections, from extraordinary hurricanes to historic space flights, from the people and procedures of Florida’s justice system to the changing face of the state’s economy.