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

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.

Video: Racing presidents in the Washington Ballet Nutcracker

As promised, the Washington Nationals racing presidents made an appearance at Friday night’s performance of The Nutcracker by the Washington Ballet at the historic Warner Theatre.

This video courtesy of Mojo Factory Productions gives an official glimpse of the presidents on stage, including an impressive arabesque by Abraham Lincoln.

Racing presidents to appear in Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker on Friday

The Washington Nationals’ own racing presidents will make a special guest appearance in The Washington Ballet production of Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker at the Warner Theatre for the 7:00pm performance this Friday night, December 10. The Nationals announced today that George Washington will star at the Nutcracker.

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

This will mark the 7th anniversary of this one-of-a-kind production, which takes place in historic Washington, DC and an A-list party on the Potomac. The racing presidents are among several special guest stars featured in the show this month.

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