Sunday, December 07, 2008

The Nutcracker

Today has to be one of the coldest so far! To say brutal, just about sums it up! It snowed last night and left a coating on the cars and grass. And the wind has howled all day. The temps are in the low 20's tonight. I think we are in for a bad winter. And I don't like it one little bit!

But, besides the weather, Hailee and I went to see the Nutcracker today at the local community college. Because her mommy & daddy couldn't be at both Gianna's Christmas Program at pre-school and The Nutcracker, I volunteered to help out if they needed me. Hailee chose me to take her and I was so happy to get to go. She is a Brownie and her troup leader is fun and enthuastic and has planned many things for her girls to do over the course of this year. There were about ten of us total; two adults and eight little girls.

In all honesty, I never really knew the story behind The Nutcracker. Or if I did, I clearly have forgotten it over the years. In the program that was handed out before the show, it tells the story of the Stahlbaum family. And the story goes something like this.

It's a cozy Christmas Eve at the Stahlbaum's house. Their house is all decorated with Christmas ornaments, wreaths, stockings, mistletoe and in the center of it all, a majestic Christmas tree. As the Stahlbaum's prepare for their annual Christmas party, their children, Fritz and Clara, wait anxiously for their family and friends to arrive. When the guests finally appear, the party picks up with dancing and celevbration. A mysterious guest arrives dressed in dark clothing, nearly frightening Fritz, but not Clara. Clara knows he is Godfather Drosselmeir, the toymaker. His surprise arrival is warmly accepted, and all the children dance and carry on with laughter. The celebration is interrupted again when Drosselmeier reveals to the children that he has brought them gifts. Clara is given the best gift of all, the Nutcracker! Fritz grows jealous, snatches the Nutcracker from Clara, and it isn't long until the Nutcracker breaks. Clara is upset, but Drosselmeier fixes it with a hankerchief. The party grows late and the children become sleepy. Everyone generously thanks the Stahlbaum's before they leave. As Clara's family retires to bed, she checks on her Nutcracker one last time and ends up falling asleep with the Nutcracker in her arms. And the story goes on.....

The first act was about forty-five minutes long, intermission, and then act two. It went by rather quickly. And the girl's were really well behaved. They sat nicely, with only a few reminder's that they shouldn't talk. I think the only downfall was that the seats are big and low and these little girl's were having a little difficulty being able to see. Hailee sat on her foot much of the time.

After the show, we waited patiently for the cast to come out and sign autograph's. In the beginning, Hailee was only interested in getting Clara's autograph. But as she saw some of the other actor's coming out, she started to change her mind, and ended up getting about 12 autograph's. All of the girl's had their favorites. This cast of young people were so nice to all of these little girl's and thanked them for coming to see the show.

It was a fun afternoon and I'm so glad that I got to spend this time with Hailee. She will always remember that I went to see The Nutcracker with her. And I'm all about making memories with the one's I love.


Rudee said...

Sounds like a fabulous day with just the two of you. The Nutcracker is one of my favorites and it's perfect to take a young girl to see.

Brenda said...

I always get excited to see you have a post about what you have been up to. Your Christmas tree pictures are so pretty! I have never see the Nutcracker so I think I will try to see it. My friend was in a ballet company many years ago and always performed this every year I was always embarrassed to keep telling her I had not seen it yet. Hailee and Grandma got to have some special memories for sure. Our weather is also extremely bitterly cold. Not much snow yet though. Hope you have time to do some more posts soon!

Sandy said...

Love the banner and the snow falling!! Enjoyed reading your post and how special for Hailee that you took her there. She WILL remember that always.

I remember seeing the Nutcracker years ago when a friend's daughter was in it. I enjoyed it.

cat's momma said...

Hey! There's snow falling on your page! ;)

Only because I just read the nutcracker to Hannah is the reason I kind of know what it's about. I never knew before. What a lovely thing to do ... and I'm sure that will make a great memory for Haillee.

Your sidebar pictures are that tree!

The Crusty Crone said...

"oh.... It looks so Christmasy!!" she said as she kept turning in circles looking at everything. "And look at you.... that excuse of not being proficient at the pc won't fly any more cause you have SNOW!!"

Lovely blog for the holidays. And I didn't know the story of the Nutcracker, either. Or else I forgot. I remember seeing the ballet once and thought it was wonderful... but that was in a different century. (wink)

Marsha said...

don't you just love that you can create these special "one on one" memories with the kids! You're right she'll never forget that you went with her.

I didn't know the nutcracker story either.

Mary said...

I haven't seen the Nutcracker in twenty years :o( Glad you enjoyed!

BJ, your tree is so pretty! I'll be posting pics of mine soon.

Ok, you must tell me how you got the snowflakes on your blog. E-mail me? If I can't have snow in Charlotte, I'll make it on my blog.

It's been abnormally cold here, although we just warmed up lately. I think we are in for a cold winter down here, too.


Marsha said...

Back to say I LOVE the new header photo! definitely no, blunders there! they all look so excited to tell santa what they want!

Sandy said...


love the banner photo!!!!!!!

Sandy said...

ahhh and look at Gianna's caught her in motion.