Pfft. Americans. We make every story about ourselves, so the Washington Ballet’s annual Americanization of “The Nutcracker” should come as no surprise. Mouse King? Herr Drosselmeyer? Try George Washington and cherry trees and American Indians. Take that, balletic tradition! USA! USA!

» Warner Theatre, 513 13th St. NW; through Dec. 26, $31-$94; 202-397-7328. (Metro Center)