This past Sunday Zoe and I took our first trip to the ballet to see Boston Ballet’s production of Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker. I was literally and truly in awe of the performance. The ballet took place in the gorgeous Boston Opera House which just screams decorum and wonderment. Zoe was all dressed up in her new fancy clothes and super excited for the night.
The Opera House was fully decorated for Christmas and there were various photo backdrops provided by the ballet to pose in front of. When we first arrived, the bear and rabbit from the first act of the show were waiting on the main staircase to take photos with patrons.
|The awkward moment an adult stranger jumps in a photo with your child 🙁|
|Ah, much better!|
|In the Nutcracker Palace|
The ballet provides booster seats for kiddie attendees which is a great amenity and allows little ones to truly enjoy the show instead of craning to get a viewpoint. The lights dimmed before we knew it and the magic began.
If you aren’t familiar with the show, the first act follows young Clara as she receives a nutcracker for Christmas. As she sleeps, it comes to life and the evil rats with their rat king, come to battle him. Clara comes to his aide and is rewarded by being taken to his castle with her new companion. The Boston Ballet’s first act was inspiring in set and costume design. When you first witness the large Christmas tree, it a holiday spectacle. The rat king and his minions looked amazing and their interaction with the crowd made for a very giggly audience. Towards the close of the act, it snows on stage for several numbers making the audience feel as though they are truly in a winter wonderland.
During intermission, Zoe and I hit the bathroom and the gift shop stand where we bought her a nutcracker of her own! The second act opened literally in the clouds and took my breath away. We meet the sugar plum fairies before heading to the Nutcracker Prince’s castle where various countries perform for Clara. Let me tell you, do not even blink when the Russian dancers perform; they brought the house down! The ending performances by the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Nutcracker were a perfect way to end the show.
|Dancing like a goof after the show!|
I think what The Boston Ballet is doing at The Opera House is so special. Although The Nutcracker is considered a kids’ show, this production truly caters to little ones. There are crowns handed out to every little prince or princess when they arrive and although the venue is so classy, I never felt the normal panicked feeling of being a parent in a fancy location; I felt welcomed. You need to walk…no run…no grande jete to Boston to be part of the Christmas magic that is The Nutcracker.
Showtimes and dates are listed below and tickets can be purchased HERE.