Eight years ago, The Washington Ballet's Septime Webre refashioned The Nutcracker to be a tribute to the nation’s capital, starring George Washington as the heroic Nutcracker and England’s King George III as the villainous Rat King, all against a backdrop of cherry blossoms and other D.C. scenes. The company’s fabulous production includes over 350 dancers. Opens in a preview performance Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. To Dec. 24. Warner Theatre, 513 13th St. NW. Tickets are $40 to $110. Call 202-397-7328 or visit washingtonballet.org.