Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Nutcracker


Ballerina and Little Red both take ballet at the local ballet school. Little Red is in the preparatory level, and Ballerina is in the lowest level of company this year after having spent 2 years at the preparatory level.

Every year, the ballet school does a performance of the Nutcracker. The preparatory kids, along with some girls from outside the ballet school, are the angels. Here's Little Red in her angel costume.

Ballerina has been looking forward to being in company for a LONG time. She was so excited this year because she got to dance in 2 roles - a mouse and a gingersnap.

Performing in the Nutcracker requires a lot of hard work and a lot of rehearsal and performance time. Theater week was rehearsal on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday that were about 2 hours. Wednesday was semi-dress rehearsal and Thursday was dress rehearsal. Both rehearsals started at 7, and both nights we finally left the theater around 10:30. All that hard work was worth it, though, because the performances were absolutely wonderful.
The backdrop for the party scene
Ballerina is the mouse on the left side of the stretcher

Ballerina is the front mouse jumping

Ballerina is the one on the left side messing with her neck strap

My red-headed angel




This next shot is one of my favorites, even though it's not of either of my girls. I love watching the older company girls dance, and I got this shot of their feet during Snow.
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