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Stella in a scene from the documentary film Getting to The Nutcracker.

The Nutcracker is performed by more than 700 dance companies in cities round the world, but the wintery ballet perennial doesn't arrive to stages by the magic of sugar-plum fairies alone.

With Serene Meshel-Dillman's behind-the-scenes documentary, we see the Los Angeles-based Marat Daukayev School of Ballet get cracking, from gathering resources to auditioning to casting to rehearsing and, finally, to staging the holiday fave.