Tuesday, December 17, 2013


 is a two-act ballet, originally choreographed by 
Marius Petipa

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!


Marina Pérez Bejarano said...

Very interesting and cute, I'm glad for you


Maureen Wyatt said...

I have never seen it performed live, by professional dancers. I'd better move that up to the top of the bucket list!

NanaDiana said...

We love the Nutcracker and I have granddaughters that have performed in local productions of it in years past. It is a beautiful performance for the holidays. Your little girls are very cute, Gina! xo Diana

Marissa said...

I have never gone to see the Nutcracker as an adult. I wish I could go I would probably appreciate it more.
Those sweet girls look like DOLLS!

Karena Albert said...

Gina I adore the Nutcracker Suite!It is a holiday tradition!

The Arts by Karena

Leslie said...

A must see here in the PNW and it's so fun to take the little ones. It's so magical!

chateau chic said...

What a lovely time you had!
Mary Alice

Stacy Curran said...

We've taken our kids to the one in Boston several times. My 8 year old daughter loves it. Can't say the same for my 13 year old boy, but it's good for him :)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good afternoon y'all! Oh how I cry when I see the Nutcracker. I danced and so many emotions roll up into one big sob when I see this, but now is the season for so many feelings. Gina, you are so beautiful! And thank you for coming to visit me....countless times.

PEACE! Anita

White Lace and Promises said...

I absolutely love The Nutcracker. I took my niece to see it about 3 years ago. I'm waiting for my granddaughters to come along! What fun that will be! These two beauties, I'm sure, made it so worth it!

Love this! Thanks also for dropping and your nice comment!

Merry Christmas,

Heather - New House New Home said...

This brings back so many memories of heading to downtown Toronto to see The Nutcracker with my younger sisters and then with my own daughter and nieces. I'm waiting for a granddaughter to take!!

HolleyGarden said...

My sister took her children to The Nutcracker every year. I don't go every year, but I have taken my granddaughter, and it really is quite magical. I agree about Bass Hall, it is a wonderful place for any performance, But shame on me - I have not yet been to the Gaylord.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

My niece is in the play this year and she's so excited! :)

Revi said...

Love it! I lived in Ft. Worth from age 7-15...sweet memories.

Algodão Tão Doce said...

Feliz Natal!!! Que a manjedoura do seu coração esteja pronta para receber o Menino Jesus que irá nascer!!!
Um ano novo repleto das bençãos de Deus!!!
Doce abraço, Marie!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Love the nutcracker, always so magical! glad you all enjoyed yourselves. Wow, is that your collection of nutcrackers? Amazing!

Fashion-isha said...

Such a nice post…happy holidays to you!

The Magical Christmas Wreath Company said...

Love the Gaylord hotels during the Holidays especially their floral displays which are out of this world!
Next time you go to see the Nutcracker I want to come along too!
Merry Christmas Gina! x