Dancers prepare for 32nd year of 'The Nutcracker'

Sarah Eames | The Daily StarDan Buttermann, who will play Mother Ginger in the Fokine Ballet Company’s upcoming production of ‘The Nutcracker,’ tries on his costume for the first time Sunday, assisted by his daughter, Malena, center, and costume coordinators Anita Cleveland, left, and Liz Brzezinski, right. Men are traditionally cast in the role because the skirt and harness are too heavy for a woman to dance with, according to the costumers.