There are few things that captivate me more than the ballet. The strength, passion, grace, and dedication that those dancers demonstrate is beyond me. The first time I ever saw the Nutcracker was when my little sister had received a couple of parts in a production by her ballet school. That was enough to hook me. Although that was my last time seeing the show courtesy of her school, I have attended the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s performance several times since then. Every visit is as magical as my first.
A few years ago, a couple of girlfriends and I decided to get all dolled up and go see the show. We met for drinks at Ten Mercer and then hopped over to McCaw Hall. One of the girls was not at all impressed with the idea of sitting through what she described as “a silent movie with men in tights,” but not even half way through I saw her eyes widen with excitement. She admitted to being a fan by the time we left.
Up until last year, PNB featured the choreography of Seattle artistic director Kent Stowell and set design by children’s author Maurice Sendak. In 2015, the performance was changed to the George Balanchine rendition. (Which I didn’t get to see…ugh.) I’m SO excited to see it this year!
PNB offers a fun add on to most of the shows called “The Nutcracker Suites” – a small, all-ages reception where patrons can enjoy light bites, sparkling wine, and DIY festive cupcakes during intermission. J’adore! The space is fairly small, so these sell out faster than normal tickets, so book well in advance!