Happy November everyone! This post is a bit late, because I've had visitors with me. At the end of September, I went to an exciting annual event- Nutcracker auditions!
I got to my ballet school early on a Saturday morning. There were tons of kids there! The Nutcracker has many children's parts, like party children, mice, soldiers, angels, candy canes, and polichinelles. I was hoping to be a polichinelle; they're the little clown dolls that live under Mother Ginger's giant skirt. I lined up with the girls from my class.
Everybody stretched to get ready for the audition. The ballet mistress calls kids up in small groups to do little sequences of steps. Since I wanted to be a polichinelle, I had to practice my pas de chat, or step of the cat.
I stood with a girl named Hannah. We whispered a little bit about which parts we wanted. Hannah promised to cross her fingers for me.
Finally, the ballet mistress called my group up! We did several pas de chats and did a few little sequences of steps, called combinations. Even though I go to ballet class four times a week, I still got little butterflies in my belly as we went through the combinations.
The last thing we did was practice dancing around in a circle, as the Polichinelles do when they get ready to go back under Mother Ginger's skirt. I held my arms high and pointed my toes.
The ballet mistress looked very closely at all of the dancers. Then she starting pointing the girls she wanted- and she chose me! I made it to be a polichinelle in the B cast! There are two casts of dancers, A and B. Each cast alternates days of performance so the child dancers don't get too tired. Hannah and I high-fived! We made it! I was officially a polichinelle and Hannah was a soldier!
That Saturday officially started Nutcracker season- ever since then, I've had rehearsals every weekend. Our performances start right after Thanksgiving. I hope you can come see me!
Laura at Old World Wisconsin
1 week ago