Cute Clara

The Kansas City Ballet isn’t making a big deal out of it, but one of the stars of the ballet company’s 37th annual production of The Nutcracker is 13-year-old Brittany LaPointe, granddaughter of millionaire arts patron Julia Irene Kauffman. LaPointe dances the pivotal role of Clara on alternate performances with Elena Loyacono-Bustos. But LaPointe wasn’t simply handed the role: The kid is a very serious dancer and an eight-year veteran of Nutcracker performances. “She wanted to dance in The Nutcracker since she saw it as a toddler,” says her mother, Lauren LaPointe, a close friend of the late Todd Bolender, the ballet company’s founder. The ballet runs tonight at 7:30 and through December 27. Call 816-931-2232 or see

Wed., Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 20, 1 & 5 p.m.; Tue., Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., Dec. 23, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Thu., Dec. 24, 1 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 26, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 27, 1 & 5 p.m., 2009