I am a woman in my 30s. I am girlie. I love entertainment and shows. I am a mother of two girls. If you know me, you don't have to ask me if I have ever seen the Nutcracker. The better question is, "How many times have you seen the Nutcracker?" and my response would be - "I don't know!"
I love the Nutcracker. I would be fair to say I have seen the Nutcracker a lot growing up and almost ever year since my girls have been been about the age of 3. This Christmas Season I had had the privilege of seeing the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker.
As written on Wiki, the Nutcracker Ballet is based on the story "The Nutcracker and the King of Mice" written by E.T.A. Hoffman. Although what is seen on the stage today is different in detail from the original story, the basic plot remains the same; The story of a young German girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle against a Mouse King with seven heads.
The Moscow Ballet left me mesmerized. I knew the story and songs, I have been it all before, but I was not able to remove my eyes from the the stage. The ballerina's were so light on their feet. You couldn't hear them landing with each gigantic leap and step. The lighting and scenery was amazing. I swear the backdropped twinkled with glitter or lights. The lighting was also amazing, changing from green to red to pink. When Clara falls a sleep a swirling clock appears to explain what is happening to the audience. In the Land of Snow, there are falling snowflakes might from lights.
So the scenery did justice to the performance, but the ballet and choreography was even more amazing. The kicks, leaps, points and talent was immense. Talent beyond which I have ever seen in a Nutcracker performance!
If you are looking to fill your season with this classic ballet, be sure to check out the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker!
Disclosure: I was provided tickets for this event. All opinions are mine and should not be used as your own.