My First Time at the Ballet
I finally saw the Nutcracker Suite! Well, most of it
anyway. Seems I fell asleep briefly during the dream sequence
in the second act and missed the mice and King Rat. Well,
who cares about the rats anyway.
and I went to the 2 P.M. matinee in early December at
Proctor’s Theater to see the Northeast Ballet company’s
production. I was convinced that I wouldn’t fall
asleep since it was an afternoon show. But the warmth
and darkness must have gotten to me. Well, Herman didn’t
let me doze off for long, and I saw most of it.
say I loved the music. And that’s probably why I
fell asleep also. It was very restful and soothing. I
kept asking Herman what the story was, and he kept saying
the story wasn’t that important. Just about a girl
getting a magical nutcracker from her uncle for Christmas
and then having dreams about it.
is typing this for me, I am reminded of the entire ballet.
What I especially liked was the soloist ballerina dancing
across the stage, and of course the lady with the huge
hoop dress with all the little children who came out to
dance. I think that was the best part.
intermission I was craving popcorn, and so sent Herman
off for that. He dutifully went to get that for me, but
while waiting in line missed the live horse-drawn sleigh
that came on stage.
told at the beginning that we were the first audience
to see the newly renovated stage at Proctor’s and
that was special. I also went out with Herman briefly
during intermission and was surprised to see my neighbor
Kim from the lake with her daughter Emily. They seemed
to be enjoying the show too.
tells me that when she was a kid her dad used to work
at Proctor’s as a stage hand, so she got to see
shows from the wings all the time. She tells me that when
she wanted popcorn and treats all she had to do was to
go to the concession and say she was Jim’s daughter.
She was taken care of very well.
couldn’t believe I had never seen the Nutcracker
Suite ballet. But then she can’t believe I never
experienced a lot of things she and Herman did. For instance,
she was surprised I didn’t remember ever having
at a street fair this past summer and she asked the girl
at the cotton candy stand to give me a taste. It was too
sweet for me. But I can see why kids would like it.
things I’ve spoken of here are geared towards kids,
and as I write this to you just before Christmas and Hannukah,
I have to say those holidays are more for children than
adults. But the Nutcracker seemed to be for the child
in all of us.
Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting
career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance
writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns
may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com