It’s a familiar story: A family hosts its annual holiday party to much splendor. Eccentric family friend, Herr Drosselmeyer makes a grand entrance bringing a magical toy, a Nutcracker, to his Goddaughter, Clara, much to the dismay of her brother. In a dream (or is it?), the Nutcracker comes to life as a handsome prince who whisks Clara away to a magical land where they are entertained by international dancers. Lovely.
Now, I’ve seen productions of “The Nutcracker” that left me feeling uneasy. Drosselmeyer is creepy, bordering on lecherous and Clara seems way too young to be going off with some guy in really tight tights. Even the Arabian dance is so sensuous, the audience needed to fan itself a bit. But Colorado Ballet’s 2012 production doesn’t leave you with that smarmy feeling. Instead, it’s just as it should be – innocent, playful, full of childlike wonder and believable (as believable as giant mouse kings, flying through the air and giant mothers with children pouring out of her skirt can be).
It’s a gorgeous production with massive sets, wonderful effects, lovely costumes and, of course, great dancing. The highlights for me were the family’s grand living Victorian livingroom, the confectionary-themed Kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy that would make the Hostess Company proud and the near blizzard of sparkling snow that falls over the dancers in The Land of Snow. It is truly magical.
I was happy to see not only a lot of little girls in the audience, but also plenty of boys. Take your children – of all ages. “The Nutcracker” is a holiday tradition and a great excuse to force the kiddos into their best clothing. There’s just a wonderful, glittery air about the whole experience.
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