Monday, December 3, 2007

The Nutcracker

We survived Nutcracker week!


And that's saying something. Every night last week, school nights for my young girls, we had evening rehearsals for the Nutcracker ballet performance. This is the Nutcracker performance in our small town. The dancers pair with the local symphony orchestra and perform the Nutcracker ballet. It's a remarkably professional production with terrific dancers, direction, choreography, and music. It's really incredible.


But the rehearsals were late. Very late. They were from 7:00 to 9:30 each and every night last week. Normally, O and J are in bed by 8:00 at the latest. By Friday, performance night, they were both about to collapse. But instead, they were terrific! Absolutely beautiful in the performance, both remembering their parts completely, and smiling through the whole thing.


We weren't allowed to take pictures during the performance, but here's some before and after pics. Before costumes....




As a Marzipan Sheep and a Chinese Dancer.....




And afterwards with flowers and gifts from Mom and Dad....


It was wonderful!

9 comments:

jakelliesmom said...

They look beautiful, and you must be so very proud.

Jen M. said...

Ooooh they look SO ADORABLE!

Aack!

painted maypole said...

so sweet!

we saw a local production on Sunday. MQ enjoyed it, but didn't make it through the whole thing. Left with 2 numbers left to go, but I wasn't going to fight her. She did enjoy it, though, and it was her first time seeing it, so will always hold a special place in my heart

Crystal said...

Your girls look adorable. You should be so proud of them to get up there and dance in front of an audience. I danced in the Nutcracker for years as a child. It was always so much fun and such a part of the Christmas season. What a wonderful memory you are creating for them.

Family Adventure said...

OMG, how cute are they?! And mommy and daddy look very, very proud.

Thanks for sharing :)

Heidi

Mrs. G. said...

What a good looking group you guys are! Glad you survived.

Mary Alice said...

Nothing better than little girls successful performances and arm loads of roses.

the dragonfly said...

I can't believe this, but I've NEVER seen The Nutcracker. Every winter I want to, and every winter something else comes up. *sigh*

But the girls look beautiful! I'm glad they did well and had a good time. :)

Lisa said...

How sweet! They look precious!!! What a wonderful memory!