Saturday, December 15, 2012

New York's Nutcracker

Growing up in Macon many of my weekends we spent preparing for The Nutcracker of Middle Georgia.  From September to December, it was all about rehearsal.  And, the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" was always stuck in my head.  So, I'm a bit embarrassed to admit it's taken me four holiday season to make it to the New York City Ballet's production of The Nutcracker.

New York's Sugar Plum Fairy
and her Dabber Cavalier 
With my ticket in hand, last night I donned a belted black dress and made my way to Lincoln Center.  Unlike the tale I'm used to, the little girl whose Nutcracker comes to life was called Marie, not Clara.  But besides that, it followed my vision of George Balanchine's creation beautifully.  Just like the professionals, the young children danced perfectly in the Party Scene. And, the Sugar Plum Fairy's number was the prettiest piece of ballet I've ever seen! 

But, I'll have you know the scenery and sets left something to be desired.  Jean Weaver's Middle Georgia rendition is much more visually appealing.  And, her tutus take my top spot as well.  Plus, its tickets are far less expensive, at $20 to $27 dollars for adults.  So if you're a fellow Maconite planning a trip to New York during Christmas, I'd suggest skipping the NYCB's Nutcracker for the one at home.

It's snowing in Macon!  By far, my favorite role! 
Don't get me wrong; the experience was excellent.  And, I wasn't about to miss the chance of buying a playbill.  But, if you're searching for the best Nutcracker, New York's isn't it.  Wait to see Lincoln Center's graceful dancers in a ballet that's less catered to the holidays. 

Every dancer waves goodbye as Marie and her prince leave the land of sweets! 


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