Parents: Is your child in 'The Nutcracker'?

This is the time of year that "Nutcracker" productions are popping up all across the Southland: at schools, ballet companies and community theaters. If you're a parent of a sugar plum fairy, nutcracker prince, snow queen or the like, KPCC wants to hear from you. Share your stories from the ballet battlefield. What do you love (or dislike) about this classic that keeps many a dance organization afloat from year to year?

Please respond below. We'll read every response and ask permission before we use anything. If you're willing to go public with your insights, look for the permission buttons below and click yes. And please share the link with any fellow parents or "Nutcracker" participants.