GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) The spirit of the holiday season comes alive with The Grand Rapids Ballet. This year, the ballet will raise the curtain to the brand new world premiere of ‘The Nutcracker”. Under the direction of Grand Rapids Ballet Artistic Director, Patricia Barker, the ballet will feature creative vision of Chris Van Allsburg and Eugene Lee. Chris Van Allsburg is the renowned author of The Polar Express, Zathura, Jumanji and other classics. Eugene Lee is a Tony Award winner, and the Emmy Award winning production designer for NBC’s Saturday Night Live.