Thursday, December 23, 2010

san-jose-nutcracker

Yesterday we took Anna to the “real theater” for the first time to see The Nutcracker. I was a bit nervous, because the tickets were anything but cheap, and we had to leave in the middle of our first ever attempt to show the beauty of theater to our daughter. However, everything worked out great, and the show was absolutely spectacular. Now I am worried that it set the bar very high for “real theater” – with gorgeous costumes, amazing scenery and great dancing. We were lucky with the seats – there were a few open seats all around us, so nobody objected The Nutcracker Ballet when Anna couldn’t contain her enthusiasm any longer and raised her voice asking questions. I was hoping to avoid them by reading The Nutcracker Ballet by Vladimir Vagin, and we even brought it to the theater, so Anna could follow the story line. The only problem was that this ballet production had a changed story line. The whole second part was changed to show that the Prince and Maria (yes, Maria, and not Clara) travel to his own country of Muscovy and meet his parents. The dance of Sugar Plum Fairy was danced by his parents. Umm.. Interesting, and as I said, the production was great otherwise, but I would still prefer to see the traditional The Land of Sweets take on it.

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I promised Anna a small “surprise” if she contains her “wiggles” in the theater. To her credit, she didn’t wiggle much and mostly enjoyed the ballet (it was about 15 minutes too long for her). Her surprise was Nutcracker Sticker Paper Doll. I stumbled upon Dover Little Activity Books by accident, and it was Anna’s first experience with them. This was $1.50 well spent! She was delighted with her surprise and spent good hour dressing her doll into various outfits while listening to The Nutcracker. We might also create puppets eventually following this link that was shared both by Superheroes and Princesses and Our Worldwide Classroom.

12 comments:

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

It almost makes me wish I were near civilization :) I'm glad Anna enjoyed it so much - I'm sure it will make a big impression on her.

littlewondersdays said...

I'm so glad you were able to go! I bet there were plenty of excited and wiggly little ones there. Cute book.

Christy said...

I'm so glad she enjoyed the ballet, even if it had a strange twist. The production we go to is by a local ballet company and the tickets are inexpensive but someday I would like to see a professional production with the kids. The one we go to uses recorded music, rather than an orchestra. If you go again next year, I bet you will see a huge difference in Anna's interest. R was so antsy last year, but this year she sat through the whole ballet without a complaint. I am going to look for that sticker book and put it away for next year.

Ticia said...

So inredibly jealous. But that is a weird change

Our Homeschool Fun said...

Hmmm, that is a very strange twist! I am so glad she enjoyed it though and was so happy and pleasant throughout the production. Our tickets are very pricey too, but it is so worth it, and has become one of Hanna's favorite memories at Christmas time.

Yes, it does set the bar high for sure:-). I am finding out that lots of things we have done are setting the bar high, and I am wondering what kind of repercussions there will be in the future:-), hopefully nothing but good!

Debbie said...

I am so with Leah. I see the Nutcracker advertised every year, but it is always clear up in Seattle. Maybe some year we will spend the money, but we would have to spend a weekend up there.

Mom and Kiddo said...

Sounds like an interesting change. I'm glad she liked it and I'm sure she will quickly realize that as long as it is entertaining, "real theater" doesn't need spectacular costumes and scenery!

Kim said...

I'm so glad she liked it! Crumpet loves theater, but I've been afraid to take him to this show - it might be a bit long. I'm hoping next year he will be ready!

Autumn said...

What a fun thing to do! I can't wait until the boys are old enough (or 'mature enough', I should say) to do things things like this. We almost took Tommy to see Chanticleer this year, but (wisely) decided to put that off for a few more years.

MaryAnne said...

I'm so glad she was healthy and that it was a good production - even if they did change the storyline!

I just discovered the little Dover sticker books also, and bought each child one for the plane - they are great, I agree!

Infant Bibliophile said...

I love Dover books when we fly!

Pathfinder Mom said...

The Nutcracker without Clara? Sacrilege! I'm glad that Anna did well. We were supposed to see a homeschool show of it here, but it got snowed out. We had to settle for the DVD with Baryshnikov.