A soloist performs during a dress rehearsal for San Francisco Ballet's "Nutcracker" at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, Calif. Saturday, December 10, 2016. (Jessica Christian)

A soloist performs during a dress rehearsal for San Francisco Ballet's "Nutcracker" at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, Calif. Saturday, December 10, 2016. (Jessica Christian)

Behind the scenes with SF Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’

Photos from backstage and a run-through performance of the San Francisco Ballet’s production of “Nutcracker” during a dress rehearsal before opening night Saturday, December 10, 2016. Photos by Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner.

Master of Properties Kenneth Ryan prepares the set before a dress rehearsal for San Francisco Ballet's "Nutcracker" at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, Calif. Saturday, December 10, 2016. (Jessica Christian)

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Master of Properties Kenneth Ryan prepares the set before a dress rehearsal for San Francisco Ballet's "Nutcracker" at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, Calif. Saturday, December 10, 2016. (Jessica Christian)

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