is a two-act ballet, originally choreographed by
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Although the original production was not a success, the twenty-minute suite that Tchaikovsky extracted from the ballet was. The complete Nutcracker has enjoyed enormous popularity since the late 1960s and is now performed by countless ballet companies, primarily during the Christmas season.
I remember the first time I was "forced" to go see it, I had no idea
that I would soon want to make it a Christmas tradition.
Perhaps Bass Hall in Fort Worth, Texas was what was so intoxicating to me
I was smitten the first time I saw these matching angels
If you ever have a chance to see a performance here of any kind
you will be so glad you did
it is beyond lovely
It's priceless to watch this magical ballet
with a child
(this is my Betty with her best friend Acie just last week...they look like sisters)
The original production of The Nutcracker, 1892
Olga Preobrazhenskaya as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Nikolai Legat as Prince Coqueluche
Ivan Vsevolozhsky's original costume designs for Mother Gigogne and her Polichinelle children, 1892
Ivan Vsevolozhsky's original costume sketch for The Nutcracker (1892)
This is the part where the snow falls from above
glittery and so real
and while you're in Fort Worth
be sure and visit the Gaylord for some winter time antics!
Holy Nutcracker Ya'll!