Saturday, November 26, 2016

11/26/16: Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker A Wonderful Holiday Tradition

The day after Thanksgiving for me is the true kick off to the holiday season.  This year we kicked off the season by heading to dress rehearsal for the Boston Ballet's presentation of Mikko Nissinen's The Nutcracker at the Boston Opera House.  It was so exciting for my little dancer and her friend to experience the show up close and meet some of the performers.  The show runs until December 31st so make sure to get your tickets now.
The kids couldn't wait for the show!
The show is so breathtaking.  I enjoyed watching the technique of the dancers including their beautiful turns.  I could not take pictures during the show however The Boston Ballet did share some press images with me.
Show Photos Provided by the Boston Ballet
We even got to meet the Mouse King at intermission.  The kids were so excited to meet some of these wonderful dancers.  The costumes some of the characters need to dance in must be such a challenge.
I love the falling snow and the ability of these two was amazing!  Their leaps and turns were fantastic.  Their technique and stage presence was wonderful.
The kids got to meet them also.
Here is one of my favorite scenes.  With the snow falling and the beautiful dancing it gives me chills every time I see it.
 The show has a full company of 57 dancers 13 Boston Ballet II dancers along with more than 224 Boston Ballet School students.  
This is the 5th year of Mikko Nissinen’s re-envisioned The Nutcracker.  It is based on the libretto by Alexandre Dumas père titled The Tale of the Nutcracker, which is adapted from E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.”  There are so many amazing dances in the show.  These are some of my favorites.
This is always one of my favorites as I danced many times to "Waltz of the Flowers" and my daughter danced to it last year in her recital.
The show is about 2 hours long and does have an intermission.  The time flew and both of the girls were amazed the show was as long as it was as it went by so quickly for them.  I have been taking my kids for many years and they love it.
There are 43 performances of The Nutcracker at the Boston Opera House (539 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111)!
Tickets start at $35.
I highly suggest taking the family to see it and starting a family tradition or continuing one if you already have been.

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Disclosure:  I was provided with tickets for dress rehearsal for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

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