15 Things We Love About Nutcracker Theater Week

1. Costumes!

Ballerina in peppermint-striped tutu dancing in Nutcracker

Kansas City Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Photographer Steve Wilson.” by KCBalletMedia. Licensed under CC By 2.0

2. Stage makeup

"Colorful
Professional Makeup
” by Amie Fedora. Licensed under CC By 2.0

3. Indoor snowstorms

Dancers onstage in white tutus for Nutcracker snow scene

Nutcracker snow flakes” by Gabriel Saldana.  Licensed under CC By2.0

4. Entering the theater… through the backstage doors

Backtage door

This way in” by Justin Russell. Licensed under CC By 2.0

5. Warming up onstage

Dancers warming up onstage

 “Ballerinas on instructions” by Gabriel Saldana. Licensed under CC By 2.0

6. Dressing room craziness…

Ballet dancers in dressing room

 “girls just wanta have fun” by ChrisHaysPhotography. Licensed under CC By 2.0

7. The day someone brings cupcakes for the cast…

Cupcakes with yellow, green, and white frosting

Cupcakes” by Joel Olives. Licensed under CC By 2.0

8. Or any little present for that matter

Candy canes in a coffee mug

 “cup o’ canes” by liz west. Licensed under CC By 2.0

9. Laughing about the things that went wrong in the show…

Women laughing together

laughs” by Marc Kjerland. Licensed under  CC By 2.0

10. Hanging out in the house….

Dancers in theater house

 “GST_0028” by Gabriel Saldana. Licensed under CC By 2.0

11. Watching from the wings…

Ballet dancers in floral costumes onstage

Roses” by Melissa Dooley. Licensed under CC By 2.0

12. Photos, photos, photos. So many opportunities for fun photos…

Dancers dressed like Nutcracker mice greet peope in theater lobby

Nutcracker Mice” by Mike Fisher. Licensed under  CC By 2.0

13. The one-hour countdown before the show…The jitters. The excitement.

Dancers in dressing room getting ready for ballet performance

 “Dança” by Luci Correia. Licensed under CC By 2.0

14. The indescribable feeling of dancing and acting onstage…

Nutcracker Act II Pas de Deux

Kansas City Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Photographer Steve Wilson.” by KCBalletMedia Licensed under CC By 2.0

15. Stepping inside a fairy tale…

Dancers in Waltz of the Flowers

Kansas City Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Photographer Steve Wilson.” by KCBalletMedia. Licensed under CC By 2.0

 

What do you love about Nutcracker theater week?

 

Rachel Hellwig
Rachel Hellwig is a dance writer/editor/blogger from Birmingham, Alabama. She enjoys taking ballet classes, reading about dance, and attending live performances of ballet and classical music. She blogs at: http://clarascoffeebreak.wordpress.com. You can also follow her on Twitter: @ivyalso and Instagram: @rachelhellwig
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