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      A Nutcracker Dream Come True

      Every December, for over forty years, the curtain has gone up at The Whiting in Flint for a timeless holiday favorite, "The Nutcracker."

      And while most children and young adults have visions of sugar plum fairies this time of year, others, like seventeen year old Sidney Johnson of Flint and ten year old Gabe Wright of Fenton, have dreams of dancing with a professional orchestra, bright lights, in front of a mystical backdrop that literally grows before your eyes.

      Sidney and Gabe are just two of the eighty-three students who have "made the cut" for this weekend's performance.