last friday, the boys and i put on our most festive outfits and ventured into the city
for a magical evening at the cutler majestic theater!
of the nutcracker, and my friends, it did not disappoint!
i have seen the nutcracker before, but could honestly not remember what the storyline was,
so it really was as if i were seeing it for the first time all over again :) plus, we had little henry
with us, so it added another element of child-like wonder to the whole experience.
henry's favorite part of the show was before it started and during intermission
when he could run up and down the aisles at top speed.
that child has so much energy. he spun my skirt into a rosette while sitting in
my lap during the show! he also enjoyed calling out, "tree, tree" at the gigantic christmas
tree on stage. and flirting with the girls seated in front of us.
did you ever notice how there are no words in the nutcracker?
well, there were that night! my apologies if anyone reading was sitting near us!
i could not get over just how "majestic" the cuter majestic theater is (see better pictures
on my friend, feda's blog!) what a beautiful place to watch something beautiful!
nick and i earned a parenting high-five that night because we made it through the whole
performance without throwing in the towel and taking henry home! ** yay!
now, onto the show...
|all images via jose mateo ballet theatre|
hailed as an "intimate, dance-focused and affordable holiday experience," the jose mateo
ballet theatre's production of the nutcracker is just that.
unlike the boston ballet's rendition of the nutcracker, this one feels like a secret that you've
been let in on--a pared down version that contains all of the richness and quality of a
large scale production, but on a much smaller level.
the sets, which are new from set designer, laura c. mcpherson, provide a colorful,
cozy and quaint backdrop to the timeless tale and are the first thing you notice as
dancers fill the stage.
the costumes, (some of which debuted this season!) provide context, shimmer,
graceful movement across the stage. i was particularly smitten with these
the children in this nutcracker were plenty. their energy was palpable and they were
a true joy to watch on stage. over 200 children were cast as partygoers and mice throughout
did you know that jose mateo ballet theatre's nutcracker is the only production to hold
auditions for dancers outside of its school ?? which means that key characters --like clara-
are played by dancers in your community. LOVE!
"for the past 30 years, cuban-born founder/artistic director, jose mateo has developed his
unique vision to create a new model for an inclusive and socially responsible ballet
organization that engages today's diverse audiences." (source)
is there anything more beautiful than a theatrical performance that celebrates diversity
at every turn? i think not. go see the nutcracker at the strand theater in dorchester for
the remainder of the season. (december 11-20)
you're welcome :)