Everybody has their own holiday traditions to make the season merry. Many of you might be in all-Christmas-music-all-the-time mode. My seasonal music is a bit different…
I’ve always loved The Nutcracker. I remember seeing it as a child– the first ballet this then young ballerina ever saw! I remember having a cassette tape as a child (okay, NOW I’m dating myself!) which told the story as stated in an accompanying picture book. In that version, which I can still hear parts of in my head, called the young protagonist Marie. You may know her as Clara.
The Nutcracker tells the story of young Clara’s Christmas gift, a nutcracker, as he battles the mouse king, and as a prince takes her to the land of sweets. It’s a dreamlike ballet of colors, sounds, and lovely dancing.
Thanks to my friend Elissa of Style-Wire, I got the opportunity to see Boston Ballet’s production this season. This particular production is under the artistic direction of Mikko Nissinen. I saw Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker last year under his artistic direction, and was pleasantly surprised that this year’s held some more surprises for me! The sets and costumes are even lovelier than I remember. They definitely make modifications and improvements each year. The production is full of comedic moments like the adorable toy bear and the arrival of the mice– as the clock tolls the stage is like to focus on each mouse comically posing making me laugh every time!
I highly recommend you see this production at the beautiful Boston Opera House! After two years in a row, I’m committed to going back year after year knowing there are more surprises and Christmas magic around the corner!
For tickets, and more information, visit bostonballet.org!
What’s your favorite holiday tradition?
[Full disclosure: my ticket was complimentary, but all opinions are my own!]