Video: Racing presidents grace Washington Ballet’s The Nutcracker despite backstage “diva fit” by Teddy

For your enjoyment this Christmas weekend, the Washington Nationals released a behind-the-scenes video from the racing presidents’ guest appearance earlier this month in The Washington Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker at the Warner Theatre.

The Nationals Racing Presidents appear in The Washington Ballet production of The Nutcracker - by Theo Kossenas PhotographyThe clip features an interview with director Septime Webre, who praises Thomas Jefferson for his “confident, nuanced artistry,” George Washington for his “virtuosic high kicks,” and Teddy Roosevelt for his “sophisticated” port de bras, but when pressed, he confessed that the hero of San Juan Hill was the most difficult to work with.

“Teddy did throw a diva fit at a moment during rehearsal,” said Webre, “but I had to put him in line.”

Photo by Theo Kossenas Photography via the Curly W Blog

MLB Network: Presidents race predictions for 2012

Intentional Talk - Chris Rose & Kevin Millar issue presidents race predictionHosts Chris Rose and Kevin Millar gave a shout out to the blog Monday as they issued their predictions for the 2012 presidents race on The MLB Network’s “Intentional Talk.”

Rose predicts an 0-81 campaign for Teddy, but Millar was more optimistic, predicting that 2012 will be a big year for the Bull Moose Party.

Presidents Race predictions at 2:15:

Racing presidents to appear in Washington Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” December 14

The Washington Nationals’ own racing presidents will make a special return guest appearance in The Washington Ballet production of Septime Webre’s “The Nutcracker” at the Warner Theatre on Wednesday, December 14.

Racing Presidents in The Nutcracker

The Nationals racing presidents in last year's Washington Ballet production of "The Nutcracker" at the Warner Theatre

A Washington tradition, the Webre production stars George Washington as the Nutcracker, and features guest appearances by local celebrities throughout the season.

This will be the second year the presidents have appeared in the classic. This video from Mojo Factory Productions shows a behind-the-scenes glimpse of last year’s appearance, including an impressive arabesque by Abraham Lincoln:

Tickets are available at the historic Warner Theatre Box Office, or via Ticketmaster.

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