Anna and I had our annual trip to the Columbia City Ballet's performance of the Nutcracker on Sunday afternoon. It was the 30th anniversary of the CCB's holiday show - and it didn't disappoint. I have to say, I've seen some pretty famous productions of the Nutcracker in years past - the Houston Ballet, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, and used to watch the Gelsey Kirkland/Mikhail Baryshnikov televised version every year that it came on PBS - and this local production is right up there with the best.
The dancers twirled and pirouetted and arabesqued across the stage to the familiar sounds, while Anna's eyes were wide with delight. This year we attended with some dear friends, which was lovely. (The only distraction was reminding Anna and Ella Grace to stop talking ... mostly instigated by Anna who couldn't wait to discuss all she saw with her little friend.)
It's funny to see Anna's progression through the years - from the very first time she saw the ballet, perched on the edge of her seat - wide eyed and silent the entire time - absorbing every sound and sight she saw - to this year - where she chatted and giggled and sighed at the beauty of it all.
We had wonderful seats - fourth from the stage in the orchestra section - which I feared might be too close - but ended up being perfect. The three little girls had an excellent vantage point, as did the mommies and grandmama in our group.
Following the show - Anna and I took the backstage tour (like last year) where we got to sit in Clara's sleigh, sit in her throne from the Land of Sweets, hold Clara's nutcracker, and this year, go under the hoops of Mother Ginger's skirt. And finally, after waiting patiently in line, Anna was able to meet Clara - so excited she could barely say hello to her.
|Anna and Clara|