ABT 2016 Nutcracker Casting in American Ballet Theatre Posted December 12, 2016 7 hours ago, its the mom said: The biggest problem with ABT's Nutcracker is their lack of time in rehearsal. They have a full month of lay-off after their fall rep program. They did not come back to start rehearsing Nutcracker until November 29. This basically gave them one week to rehearse the show prior to leaving for Orange County. This is just not enough time to put this show up and to do it well. Additionally, while many of them have performed their roles before and have that advantage, there are new people who must be inserted into the corps. That has been ABT's problem for as long as i remember. Surely, some of their donors could sponsor longer rehearsal period.