The Nutcracker Ballet is based on the story “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice” by E.T.A. Hoffman. It is the story of a young girl who dreams of her Nutcracker doll coming to life and a battle against the Mouse King.
There are various versions done by ballet companies all over the world. Here in Chester County, it is tradition for The Chester County Ballet to perform The Nutcracker.
This is my daughter’s second year dancing with Harrison’s and her first year performing with the Chester County Ballet. She is a Petit Rossett and part of the Corp de Mice. It’s exciting and exhausting. We only have to be at practice for a small portion of the rehearsals that span the 6 weeks prior to the performance. The amount of time and energy the company of young women (and men) put into the production is commendable. I am not even on stage and I am overwhelmed! The performers are phenomenal!
Of course, I am partial. My daughter is the cutest little ballerina to walk this earth, but legend of this particular Nutcracker performance reached me long ago and I have always wanted to see it. Some of the costumes, the Mother Gingers for example, are from the original show 40+ years ago! Each costume has been hand sewn – they literally whipped up a dozen or so new sequined leotards and tutus for the Rosettes in 2 weeks! This year (and probably many years to come) I will be at all three shows! It’s tough dragging little boys along for hours of practice, but I know that it will be worth it 🙂
I hope you can join us for this traditional performance of The Nutcracker.
See you there!