Lilly Althauser, 15, peeks out from behind a curtain during the audition for the Miami City Ballet production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Sept. 30. About 90 dancers, ages 8 to 16, tried out for about 70 available parts. The Miami City Ballet first brought The Nutcracker to Clearwater in 1990. This season the Ruth Eckerd performances will be on Dec. 8, 9, and 10. More photos on Page 3.