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Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 11/30/2011

Coming soon to a ballet near you: the Racing Presidents

“Gentlemen: To the ballet!” (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)
In recent years, holiday audiences have turned up in droves for The Washington Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” partly because it’s the only presentation of Tchaikovsky’s opus that localizes the action. Septime Webre’s company sets the play in Georgetown, George Washington is the Nutcracker and that old tyrant King George III is the evil Rat King. What’s more, the company usually invites local celebrities to appear as guest stars for specific performances.

Let me cut right to the chase: The Washington Nationals Racing Presidents are going to be making a repeat appearance in “The Nutcracker,” “performing” at the evening show Dec. 14. George, Abe, Tom and Teddy. On stage. At the Warner Theatre.

Sure, there’s majesty aplenty in the company’s ballet, but something tells me nothing is going to equal the visual of Teddy’s big grinning head bobbling around a room full of partygoers in fancy Victorian garb. Sight gags just don’t get much better.

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