Nutcracker

Dec 18, 2010 | 1 comment

        I was an adult, but probably just barely, when I first saw the Nutcracker ballet at the San Francisco Opera House.  I’ve been smitten ever since and try to go to a performance every few years.  I cannot speak to the dancing or the venue, but I have to say that the sets and costumes designed by Maurice Sendak for the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle are the best!
       For one thing, I’ve been a huge Sendak fan from the very first time I read Where the Wild Things Are to my (then) seven-year-old son when the book came out in 1963.  And then, twenty-some years later, to see the gigantic fantasy-sized sets for the Mouse King and for Herr Drosselmeyer’s nutcracker, so reminiscent of the wild things and Max…  I was transported.
       This year we are going with a friend on this very night.  I feel just like that little girl on the television commercial who trip-traps her way down the aisle to peek under the curtain.  No matter how many times she does it, she is absolutely delighted.  So will I be.

1 Comment

  1. Stephanie Frieze

    Have the very best time, Sydney! The weather is not bad, which will add greatly to the pleasure of your trip.

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