Little baby mice running backstage at the Nutcracker. It was an all-new production this year, and I think there were more children involved than ever before. I talked to parents backstage, and interestingly, although I thought the production was marvelous, the handful I talked to said they would not let their child participate again. Their complaint was that the new ballet director was not sensitive to children's schedules, and held them at rehearsals until 11:30 at night on school nights. The parents didn't feel that was necessary because most of the children are featured during the first act, and they should have been dismissed when they were done with their part of the show.