Othello finished a little over a week ago and now we are back in rehearsals for our next performance, The Nutcracker. It is a month before we open the Nutcracker in St. Louis, and shortly thereafter here in Chicago on December 11th. It's hard to believe that this is my 7th Nutcracker with the Joffrey. Let's see, that's 20-30 performances per season, times 7, plus countless dress rehearsals and studio rehearsals. And that's just performing Nutcracker with Joffrey alone.... Six years ago at the Joffrey I was first cast as a parent in the party scene, a solider (battle scene), a snow wind (snow scene), and a flower cavalier in the second act (waltz of the flowers). Four years ago I was cast as a soloist as the father in the party scene, the Snow King, and cast in the Arabian pas. Three years ago I kept all the same parts and added performing the Nutcracker Prince. The Prince role includes a duet (the Sugarplum pas), a solo, and a final duet.