A review of Pennsylvania Ballet's Nutcracker by Robert Greskovic in The Wall Street Journal.
Without detracting from the various accomplishments of Pennsylvania Ballet's leading and ensemble dancers, it's in good measure the presence of the children from the School of Pennsylvania Ballet that gives this production some of its most enchanting moments. This year's "Nutcracker" represents the first time the troupe has been able to cast its production completely from its own school. This means Pennsylvania Ballet didn't have to audition, as it did in the past, supplemental children from across the region. In all, 93 of the school's 145 students play parts in this year's production.