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Suite life for 'The Nutcracker'

It takes a village when it comes to "The Nutcracker." Although Civic Dance Center is the driving force behind the show coming this weekend to Mechanics Bank Theater, the annual production gets a boost from other dance organizations as well as local musicians for the live orchestra.

"There is something about that collaboration, the live music with live dancing that is an especially special collaboration," said Erica Ueberroth, Civic's executive artistic director. "Most large companies don't dance with live music. For us to be able to do that in Bakersfield is very special."

Stefani Dias can be reached at 661-395-7488. Follow her on Twitter at @realstefanidias.