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Lara O'Brien has been with the Carolina Ballet for 15 years and has danced every female role in the show, except for one.

This is a rendition of the original E.T.A. Hoffman/Tchaikovsky Nutcracker that incorporates Las-Vegas style magic/illusions and levitation while still staying true to the original Nutcracker style and story.

There are over 100 local dance students that preform alongside the professional ballerinas in the company.

Here’s how the Carolina Ballet and PNC are working with partners to support the community during The Nutcracker performances:

· Tickets will be given to The Boys & Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, and Interfaith Food Shuttle to distribute to children and their families.

· Raleigh Rescue Mission will collect non-perishable food items at each show.

· On Dec. 21, guests can receive $15 off tickets by donating five cans of non-perishable food.

Listen to Lara's interview below.

The Nutcracker will open at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium this Friday, Dec 16th through the 24th.  To purchase tickets, click here!