This blog entry is coming to everybody from my dressing room. It’s opening night and I just got off stage performing Drosselmeyer. I haven’t even taken off my make-up yet! Ok, that’s a lie, I took off my make-up … And I washed my face. Anyway, the second act is about to start. Even though the company has performed in Ogden and special needs shows this week, tonight is when all the magic starts.
During the first act overture, I was waiting in the wings next to the Nephew (Jacob Stewart), a few party kids and two stage hands. One of the stage hands said, “I’ve been doing this job for twenty three years and opening night still gives me the jitters.” I liked that she said that because that means that The Nutcracker is still a special ballet. I think no matter how many times people see this ballet they come back every year because it’s a nice Christmas tradition that adds to the fuzzy feelings you get from the holidays (ok, maybe it’s just me that gets those feelings). Side note: Companies outside the U.S. perform The Nutcracker at different times in the year as part of their rep. Some companies perform the ballet in the summer!
The company will be performing The Nutcracker until New Years so I’ll be periodically posting pictures and what not. I’ve taken some pics from Ogden and last night’s dress rehearsal from the wings. These photos are taken from the view that the dancers have watching the ballet.