We hope you enjoyed going behind-the-scenes of Nutcracker with Patricia Delgado. More backstage coverage will soon be posted. Until then, here’s a special treat! Patricia interviewed some of the dancers and our stage manager during her time in Naples.
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It’s Nutcracker time again! This year marks the 20th Season that Miami City Ballet is performing George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™.
Every year we kick-start our Nutcracker run in Naples, Florida. We pack up our cars and drive across Alligator Alley and hope that our Thanksgiving meals won’t weigh us down! I brought the “Flip cam” with me and tried to capture the spirit of Miami City Ballet’s first Nutcracker weekend of the 09-10 Season.
There is something very special about performing The Nutcracker. It is one of the only ballets in which the Company collaborates with children. Their enthusiasm is infectious. Even though some of us have been performing in The Nutcracker for years, for some of the kids, it is their first time out on stage. Watching their smiles light up as they dance reminds me what performing is all about and takes me back to when I was a kid, dancing the “hoops” and dreaming of one day being the Sugar Plum Fairy!
Being on the dancer’s side of things, I know how much time and effort it takes us to focus on our goal of performing as perfectly as possible. However, after running around the theater with the “Flip cam”, it truly made me realize what a huge team effort it takes to put on this show! I gained a whole new perspective. I hope you enjoy all of the different aspects of the theater…from the dancers to the stage manager, the lighting director, the crew and the makeup and wardrobe ladies.
The holidays are such a magical time of year and being a part of The Nutcracker magic just enhances the joy!
The Nutman and the Mouse King come head to head on December 11-13 at Broward Center and December 18-20, 22-23 at Adrienne Arsht Center. For tickets to MCB’s production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ click here or call (877) 929-7010.
The Nutcracker Intensive rehearsal week has come and gone, and I am happy to report that the kids know all of the choreography and proper rehearsal behavior. Every year they get better and better! My angels are close to perfect and my soldiers can count the music, which is really difficult to do. I couldn’t be more impressed! Diana, one of the Marie’s, just came from Cuba and doesn’t understand English. I don’t speak Spanish, but amazingly we communicate quite well despite the language barrier and she is doing great work. Mariana, the other Marie, knows every part in The Nutcracker. She may just have to take over my job one day! The two Fritz’s are best friends and they are so funny. As sweet as they are, they are always testing to see how much I will let them get away with. They certainly have the gift of charm. The best part of my day is when I see the little ones in the hallway and they light up and say, “Miss Crista!” as they run to give me a hug. What could be sweeter? I have a pretty cool job.