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If it’s cold, expect the ‘Nutcracker’

Nearly three decades ago, I took my daughter to audition for that annual holiday extravaganza, "The Nutcracker." Her hair was pulled back into a bun, she was wearing a minimal amount of makeup, and she looked cuter than a ladybug in her tutu and dance shoes.

Ah, but she didn't get chosen. I'm pretty sure her disappointment was less than mine, considering that I still remember how, when I picked her up, she so calmly told me the news - and I had to sit next to her as we drove home, wondering how anyone could ever NOT choose someone so cute. Such is the love of a father.

Many other fathers and mothers will be looking on with the same kind of pride as the 2012 version of "The Nutcracker," a coproduction of the Spokane Symphony and the State Street Ballet, takes the stage of the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox Dec. 6-9. Click here for ticket information.

If you go, know this: None will look any cuter than my daughter did. Just saying.