We kept our favorite five-year-old up past her bedtime to watch her first ever nutcracker. She LOVED it! Perched high atop a bundle of all our coats with her legs sticking straight out in front of her, she sat relatively quietly munching Skittles through the whole thing. During the curtain calls she beat her hands together furiously and called out over the din, “Can we go again?!”
And then she came home and collapsed in a heap on the floor while we paid the babysitter.
Below is what I said about the ballet on Goldstar’s reviews. Keep in mind that I’ve been spoiled with Nutcrackers. The Nutcracker in Boston was Kent’s and my first date 17 years ago, and we’ve been to many, many a splendiferous Nutcracker in honor of that date since. I would definitely recommend this family friendly production. You can even buy a grilled cheese with pepperoni (for $10) at intermission.
Wonderful sets, lush costumes, and inspired lighting. The George Washington nutcracker, colonial soldiers, Native Americans, and cherry blossoms in lieu of sugar plums were fabulous twists on a classic. Warning: no live music, and the recording they use is wooden and passionless. Additional warning, apart from the mesmerizing Pocahontas pas de deux and power leaping Davy Crockett, the dancing was mediocre. Clara was stiff and self-conscious, and the other soloists were all over the place. Granted, it was opening night, but the dancing itself was a disappointment. Overall, an innovative novelty and a fun family outing, but not the best dance company.