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.”

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Photo by Theo Kossenas Photography via the Curly W Blog

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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