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 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.
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.