We have a winner of Patch's "Nutcracker Tradition" photo contest.
This picture of 4-year-old Natalie with her nutcracker has earned her family two tickets to the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's always-in-demand production of the classic story of Marie and her Nutcracker Prince.
Meghan Morris, Natalie's mom, wrote her daughter had her tonsils out earlier this week. During her recovery, Natalie has been watching the Nutcracker Ballet on YouTube—and even saw a few local kids peform the dance while she still was in the hospital.
"I would love to take her to the Nutcracker after Christmas since she missed out on so many Christmas activities this year," Morris wrote.
Recognized as one of the most popular ballets of all time, "The Nutcracker" is a holiday classic based on the German tale written by E.T.A. Hoffmann and set to the iconic score of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's production features more than 210 costumes, 190 performers—including more than 150 students, ages 7 and up—and turn-of-the-century Pittsburgh-themed set design.
Thanks to all who entered the contest.