Before I had a kid, I had a lovely social life that included arts and culture events often. One of my favorite subscriptions I had was to the Pennsylvania Ballet. Copelia was the first ballet I ever saw at the Academy of Music. With my subscription I got to see Dracula as a ballet! And almost every December I saw a performance of the Nutcracker. To me, the music of the Nutcracker is my holiday soundtrack. It's beautiful to listen to and to see the dancers interpret the music into dance is amazing.
When I had my son I knew my budget and lifestyle would be altered. I made a mental note that when my son was five he would be old enough to see a performance of the Nutcracker. Not only would he be able to handle the theatre atmosphere, but he would be young enough to not think ballet is only for girls. To me, the Nutcracker was all about Marie, the young ballerina who received the Nutcracker as a gift and danced with the Sugar Plum Fairy. I have changed my outlook on the Nutcracker and am focusing on the Mouse King's battle with the Nutcracker and his victory, in order to show my son that this ballet is for everyone, not just girls. I think he will be mesmorized by the entire experience. From the stage, the live orchestra, the Philadelphia Boys Choir singing, and that amazing growing Christmas tree, it will definitely be entertaining to him.
I am excited to have been invited to attend a performance of George Ballachine's The Nutcracker by the Pennsylvania Ballet with my son in December. This is the 25th year the PA Ballet has been perfoming this particular ballet and I know it will be just as magical as ever. I've learned that tickets to the Nutcracker start at $20, so it is possible to make this a special gift for a child to experience the Ballet and Theatre. I can't wait to see his reaction and find out if this could be a new tradition for us, for at least a few years!