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Reimagining The Nutcracker with renowned illustrator Chris Van Allsburg

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Like ballet companies across the nation, the Grand Rapids Ballet is gearing up for that beloved holiday ballet, The Nutcracker. But this year's production it will have a new look, thanks largely to Chris Van Allsburg.

Van Allsburg is the renowned writer and illustrator of children's books. He's won two Caldecott Medals for his illustrations for The Polar Express and Jumanji. Both books were turned into successful films.

Van Allsburg grew up in Grand Rapids. Now he's going to be a key part of a creative team that is "reimagining" The Nutcracker for his hometown's ballet company.

Click on the link above to listen to Chris Van Allsburg talk about his vision for the production.

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