The first time I saw the Nutcracker ballet, I was in my early 20s. People around me were shocked that I had not seen it as a child. I didn’t think my childhood was all that deprived, but apparently, it was.
I am a big fan of little children, so this seemed like my kind of thing.
“Wait,” I said. “Do you mean the little children attending the performance, or do you mean the little children in the performance?”
“Both, I guess. But I meant the ones on stage.”
And, boy howdy, did those littlest performers have a great time. (That’s the first time I’ve had occasion to use “boy howdy” in a sentence. I’m not sure how I feel about that.)
They danced, they watched each other, they laughed, occasionally they bumped into each other. They made their bows and curtsies with great flourish.
They – clearly – had a very good time.
If you go, I wager you will too.
Collecting links for this post, I found this short clip on PNB’s site. Now this is what I’m talking about.
Another favourite holiday performance is Magical Strings, an extended-family group local to the Northwest. They have been performing and producing wonderful Celtic-inspired music for over 30 years.
Their Celtic Yuletide concerts are a celebration of the season with music, family, stories, and a low-key atmosphere that encourages dancing in the aisles.
Parents and students from a variety of groups at Kristina’s high school staff the concession stand at the ice rink – the students earn community service hours, and the proceeds benefit teams, clubs, and classes.
Bellevue Youth Theatre provides a wonderful venue for kids to produce and perform plays, free-of-charge to the youth who participate. There is just one weekend left in their holiday run of Velveteen Rabbit, the tale of a child’s stuffed bunny who discovers what it takes to be real.
listening to: Jewel, Joy to the World