OAKLAND, Calif. -- Right around this time every year, the story of "The Nutcracker" usually begins this way: Not too long ago and in a land not far .... (OK, it was Oakland.) It was a wintry Christmas Eve ... . (Actually, it was Dec. 19, last Friday.)
So this isn't your usual Nutcracker.
In this one, a hapless, helpless group of sports and media celebrities join the Oakland Ballet to perform in the "2003 All-Star Nutcracker."
Among our Dancing Sugar Plums, every one a Vision: