As one of our holiday festivities, my mom and I took my son to see the Balanchine's Nutcracker performed by the Pennsylvania Ballet. It has been years since I last saw the Nutcracker, or any ballet performance for that matter, so I was especially excited to see a live performance again. We were very fortunate to receive complimentary press tickets to the performance from the PA Ballet. My son had never seen a ballet before, but he has experienced live theater and musicals, so I knew he would be able to handle the performance. He looked so daper in his "dress" clothes, insisting on wearing a tie instead of the new sweater I knit for him!
We had the chance to walk around the theatre for a bit before the show started. We got to wave to the Mouse King and see the orchestra warm up. Since I had last seen the Nutcracker the set has been redesigned and the costumes updated. When the Overture began I had a moment of mom-pride when my son leaned over and started identifying the different instruments he was hearing. (Those baby music classes paid off!) He was enthralled by the performance. Everything was beautiful! The Sugar Plum Fairy was performed by Lauren Fadeley, who was stunning. The battle with the Mouse King and the Nutcracker was funny. The only part he said he didn't like was the dancer who performed the "Tea" dance. I love the second act of the Ballet, as it features such great dancing. Tchiakovsky's score is still my all time favorite holiday music. Hearing it live was amazing.
While I would have loved to have photographed the performance, it isn't allowed, so we will have to live by memories. It was a magical performance and I'm so glad my son enjoyed it as well. I figure I will have a few more years where he'll put up with going to it. Then I'll have to wait until he is an adult and takes his old mom to the ballet!
There were many young children dancers in the ballet. I asked my son if he would like to take dance lessons, but he quickly said no. He loves to dance, but I think we will stick with soccer and swimming lessons for now!
Thanks to the Pennsylvania Ballet for a wonderful experience and beautiful performance!