Toy Soldiers from the Carolina Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker line up before their performance on December 3, 2016, at Memorial Hall in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Carolina Ballet presents the classic production at UNC Memorial Hall Dec. 2-3; Durham Performing Arts Center Dec. 9-10 and Raleigh Memorial Auditorium Dec. 15-24. Robert Willett rwillett@newsobserver.com