Article by Marie Davis
Photo courtesy of CharlotteBallet.org
Just got back from watching the much anticipated ballet Nutcracker, at The Belk Theatre of The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte, NC, and I must say it was well worth the money. The performance, for those that don’t know, is about a little girl named Clara and her Christmas gift of a Nutcracker doll from her favorite uncle. Her brother breaks the Nutcracker doll while teasing the girls. Clara falls asleep and through enchanted dreams, the Mouse King and the Nutcracker doll battle as Clara is saved from kidnapping by the Mouse King.
There are so many things to love about this ballet, from the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Land of Sweets to Clara being escorted back to her enchanted boat and lifted high over and out of view of the stage. I loved the breathtaking snow fall scene. The snowfall scene was my most favorite scene. Other scenes worth mentioning was the final dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. Beautiful! I don’t know if Clara has ever been a little girl of color, but I would love to see it.
The warmth of the performance with children of all colors was a special touch to open the performance. This made it feel more inviting to all and drew me in even more. The ballerinas filled the stage and brought the audience to clapping several times in appreciation of their artistry and creative expression. The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra was well conducted and on beautiful display with lively, suspenseful and touching renditions of music composed by Tchaikovsky.
All in all, I would recommend everyone seeing The Nutcracker whether you are a fan of ballet, like me, or not. It is a sparkling holiday tradition worth having.