Since my daughter was five years old, our special holiday tradition has been seeing the Nutcracker.

In Atlanta, we would go backstage and see all the designs, costumes and dancers,  and it became a day we both looked forward to all year.

Living in Boston now, we wondered how the Boston Ballet would stack up against such amazing talent as the Atlanta Ballet.

This weekend we discovered that The Nutcracker was no match for the famed Boston Ballet dancers.

The timeless story of Clara,  who bravely saves her Nutcracker Prince. He fights off the Rat King and his gang of mice. Some of the mice were children and I couldn’t be more delighted to see them performing in the mice costumes.
As the story progresses, Clara is taken into the Nutcrackers kingdom and sails on a cloud as she watched the Snow King and Queen dance as the shimmering snow falls on the land. Her magical journey will engage even the youngest viewers and will most definitely be something that your family looks forward to throughout the year.

The music was brilliant and really transported you to the very scene you were watching. The flawless dancers graced the stage was poise and stamina.

What we really enjoyed was the use of the children. In several versions we saw through the years, children were never really made use of. I found it refreshing to see so many future dance stars on the stage.

We say “Bravo” to the Boston Ballet and The Battle Scene, Gene Schiavoneeagerly look forward to when we can attend the show next year.


(Photos by Gene Schiavone)