Saturday, December 13, 2008

"Visions of Sugar Plums"

I think there were no fewer than 5 different productions of "The Nutcracker" by Orange County ballet companies this year--a testament to the enduring popularity of the work. Not having attended a "Nutcracker" performance in many years, I went with my wife Alison last night to see Festival Ballet's offering at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Tchaikovsky's wonderful pastiche of a musical score takes you around the world and provides a canvas for colorful costumes, a "cast of thousands" (well, actually dozens) and a showcase for four leading dance roles. For many, it's a Christmas tradition they can't imagine living without.

Until next time...


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