Of course, there is always room for improvement. I have a small suggestion box for that, too:
The Grand Pas de Deux was divided up throughout the second act. This climax to a classical ballet is designed to show the principal dancers’ virtuosic abilities, but also their incredible stamina. By separating the various portions, adagio, man’s and woman’s variations, and coda, and having Marya dance part of the adagio, audience appreciation of the incredible strength and endurance required to complete the full Pas de Deux is diminished.
Marya is not present for most of the last act, which makes the continuity of the story less clear.
The ending is abrupt. One moment the stage is full of dancers, the next moment Marya is climbing back into bed and the curtain is closing. While the dancers were given a brief standing ovation, the somewhat bewildered audience did not remain to bring them back for a well-deserved second (or third) curtain call.
Even with this short-list of recommendations, the ballet should definitely be on the do-not-miss agenda for anyone who knows a child, anyone with a love of theatre or music, or anyone who cherishes the holidays. The production is colorful, charming, and as lushly delicious as the sweets portrayed in the second act. “The Nutcracker” runs through December 27 at the Fabulous Fox. There’s still time to reserve your tickets. Psst—don’t tell, but it snows on the front part of the orchestra section. You might want to keep that in mind when choosing your seats.