Royal City Youth Ballet's Nutcracker is an annual holiday tradition for residents around the Lower Mainland - and this year, the Burnaby NOW had the chance to peek behind the curtain. The show ran at the Michael J. Fox Theatre in Burnaby on Dec. 1 at the beginning of the company’s annual tour. Photographer Jennifer Gauthier was given free rein to wander behind the scenes and catch the action before and during the matinee performance at Massey Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 23. The annual production, in its 29th season in 2017, featured a cast of more than 100 young dancers under the artistic direction of Camilla Fishwick-Kellogg. Featured at the Massey Theatre show this year was Burnaby’s own Sebastian Pateman as the Nutcracker Prince. If you were in the audience marvelling at the extravaganza unfolding on stage, you'll enjoy this glimpse at what you didn't see. And if you weren't there? These photos should tantalize you enough to get in line for tickets for next year's show. See www.royalcityyouthballet.org for all the details about the company.