Happy Nutcracker Season! Yesterday, on Saturday evening, I had my first performance of the Nutcracker. The premiere was on Friday, but I am on the B Cast, which alternates nights with the A cast. Two of my favorite ballerinas were performing as Dew Drop and the Sugar Plum Fairy! Even though I was in the Nutcracker last year, I was still feeling a little nervous.
During the performance, the child dancers wait in a special room below the stage. When we are called for our places, we take an elevator up the stairs. There are over 100 children in the Nutcracker! They dance in roles like party children, mice, soldiers, and sweets. I am a polichinelle- one of the little elves who come out from under Mother Ginger's skirt. Did you know Mother Ginger is actually played by a man? Our Mother Ginger last night studied at the English National Ballet when he was little- pretty cool, right?
Photos are not allowed in the theatre, so I had these photos of me taken on Lincoln Center Plaza. I felt so beautiful, like a prima ballerina. There were people walking around the plaza and some of them smiled at me as they passed.
I love dancing on stage! I have a whole month of Nutcracker performances ahead of me, so I know the butterflies will go away after a while. I will dance every other day; December is a very busy month for me. Plus, I will still be taking my regular dance classes! That means that Violet will be going home soon. I'll really miss her, but I know we will meet again. That's what best friends are for.
Laura at Old World Wisconsin
6 days ago