Thursday, December 16, 2010

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker {Review}

Last night I had the privilege of attending a showing of the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker performance. As a child I remembering getting excited during the holiday season for the lights, the snow, the treats, the presents and getting all dressed up to see the Nutcracker at McCaw Hall. It was definitely a treat when we got to go and one of the things I am reminded of at Christmas time.


This was the first year I was able to attend with my husband. I would have loved to take my two little girls who are five and six years old and love dance but we decided to make this a date night with my cousin and her husband. My husband is one of those men who has a true appreciation for the arts and actually enjoys attending musicals, plays, and the museum however he said prior to our experience last night that he was yet to gain an appreciation for dance, especially ballet. He had previously attended the Nutcracker performance a few years back put on by a company other then PNB, so he knew the story line (which is extremely helpful) but he was completely stunned by the difference in performance. The Pacific Northwest Ballet’s company dancers outshine any ballet company I’ve seen perform. The talent, sophistication and poise of the dancers is outstanding! Everyone in our party agreed that that PNB’s Nutcracker is the only one we will ever see again because it is by far the best. The stage scenes were absolutely amazing being both visually and audibly beautiful. Not only were the dancers amazing but the orchestra was by far the best I’ve heard. They definitely got some of highest applause along with the key principle dancers. I was also stunned by the talent of the children in the performance. The entire performance was great but the first few acts before Intermission are definitely my favorite as the storyline itself is highly engaging.

This is definitely an experience that I will want to share with my little girls in the future. I’ve heard that December 24th performances are referred to as the “Nutty Nutcracker” were some very silly things happen, including not only snow on stage but a possible blizzard. I might not suggest it for those first timers but it would be a fun experience. I would highly suggest making sure you get tickets this year to take the entire family or even better put them under the Christmas tree and grab the last few days of performances.

Buy It: For more information and to purchase tickets be sure to visit Pacific Northwest Ballet HERE. (Tickets can be purchased for as little as $28 each- child price $26.)

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