Merry Christmas!!!

Hello everyone.  It’s been a long time since I’ve written a blog post….almost a whole month!  I hope that everyone had a great Christmas and spent time with their families relaxing, opening presents, and eating good food.  I had a great day even though I’ve been sick with a cold the last few days.  I wanted to share with you what I’ve been doing all month long, since it clearly hasn’t been blogging.  Well, as you know, I changed dance studios at the beginning of this school year.  At the end of my first week there back in August, they held auditions for the traditional December/Christmas time ballet, The Nutcracker.  And after being in class for only two days, I got a part!!!  Yay me!  Remember, my ballet school is tied to the city’s ballet company, and because The Nutcracker has so many parts for kids, they let the kids who attend the ballet school be in the professional production.  I got the role of a Peppermint Page, Cast B.  There were two casts.  Cast A performed in five out of the ten shows and Cast B performed in the other five.  Some of the older kids were in both Casts A and B and so they had to perform in all ten shows!  We began practicing on Saturdays, every Saturday in fact, starting in September.  Then beginning on Tuesday, December 9th, we began practicing at the downtown venue from about 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. every night.  This included regular stage blocking rehearsals and dress rehearsals in full make-up and costume.  I performed in the first show on Saturday, December 13th.  It was the 2 p.m. matinee.  On Saturdays and Sundays there were two shows –  a 2 o’clock and a 7 o’clock.  The two casts traded off on whether we did the early or the late show.  So, you see I’ve been busy for the last three weeks straight.  I haven’t had much time to blog.  Not to mention that I still had to go to school every day through Friday, December 19th.   And we had final exams because it was the end of the semester.  My last show was on Monday night, December 22nd.  And man oh man, was I tired.  Then, I got sick!!!

My parents bought tickets to each and every show so that I always had family in the audience to see me perform.  That was very nice of them and it was very expensive.  They also took me to see one of the Cast A shows that I was not dancing in because all that being backstage, I hadn’t even seen the show in full.  Both my mom and my dad saw the show three times each.  My big sister, Ashley, saw it twice.  As a Peppermint Page, I performed in Act II, Scene I.  The pages escorted the Sugarplum Fairy out on stage, more or less.  Now, here’s a little background on The Nutcracker.   The Nutcracker Ballet is based on the book called “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” written by E.T.A. Hoffman.  In 1891, the legendary choreographer Marius Petipa commissioned Tchaikovsky to write the music for the Nutcracker Ballet.  In 1892, the first showing of the Nutcracker took place at the Mariinsky Theatre of Russia, home of the Kirov Ballet.  The Nutcracker made its way to Western Europe in the 1930’s and to America by 1940, performed by Ballet Russe. The first American full length Nutcracker was performed by the San Francisco Ballet, choreographed by W. Christensen. The Nutcracker has since become an annual holiday tradition.  In The Nutcracker, a Christmas present — a nutcracker — comes to life as a handsome prince. After being given to a young girl, Clara Stahlbaum, at a Christmas party, the Nutcracker takes Clara on fantastic adventures where toys come to life, including a sword fight with the Mouse King.

Take a look at some of my pictures below and come back tomorrow so we can talk Christmas presents and American girl dolls.

2014 Nutcracker

2014 Nutcracker Tree 2

2014 Nutcracker curtain

2014 Nutcracker tickets