Saturday December 11th, it was cold and cloudy outside.  I was so thankful that I could spend this dreary day with a very good friend and our daughters. We were going to see The Atlanta Ballet in The Nutcracker at The Fox Theatre!

We were invited to attend the matinee and headed on backstage to meet the cast, see the props and costumes, and take some pictures.  We were so excited!

My daughter Aleena  and Stephanie’s daughter Olivia were dressed in Christmas bows and ready to meet the professional dancers that they both admired so much.

At the back entrance to The Fox, we were greeted by several dancers and began our tour.  We saw the giant Rat heads for the costumes, we saw the beautiful flower tutu’s and we even saw the pig head!  The girls held some props and stood in amazement at the size of the backdrops and lights. This was sure to be a great show and we all knew it!

After getting the kids packs filled with soda and popcorn, we made out way to out seats. 6th row!!! Wow, thank you to the Atlanta Ballet for such fabulous seats!

The orchestra began to play and the show started. I forgot what a magical thing it is to see live performances of this caliber.  I don’t want to give away the show or any secrets  about it, but I will say my favorite part was watching my 7 year old daughter’s eyes light up with each new scene.  She was in a trance watching the beautiful outfits on the dancers.  This show is a MUST for Family Fun!!!  Get your tickets now and don’t miss this holiday tradition! This will be my new holiday tradition with my daughter and I thank The Atlanta Ballet for giving us that opportunity.  Bravo!

BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE! The show runs through December 26th – make sure to tell them The Backstage Beat sent you!  Start a new family tradition today!!

The Nutcracker Ballet is based on the story “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice” written by E.T.A. Hoffman. Although what is seen on the stage today is different in detail from the original story, the basic plot remains the same; The story of a young German girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle against a Mouse King with seven heads.

When Marius Petipa had the idea to choreograph the story into a ballet, it was actually based on a revision by Alexander Dumas, a well known French author. His version reflects more of what we have come to love as the Nutcracker Ballet.