How to make a reindeer fly — and other secrets of ‘Nutcracker’ artists

Pacific Northwest Ballet electrician Jon Hackett brings the flying reindeer in this year’s ‘Nutcracker’ to life with a common item — a windshield wiper motor. (Katie G. Cotterill / The Seattle Times)

Meet the local designers and artisans who devised giant mice, flying reindeer and even digital snow for PNB's bold new production of 'The Nutcracker,' which opens the day after Thanksgiving.