Jessi's Dance Performances Dec 28, 2007 20:23:21 GMT -5
Post by dawnomite on Dec 28, 2007 20:23:21 GMT -5
cpennylane said:Oh, no, I just checked the program. The Mouse King is played by a boy, and so are all the party boys, at least this year. And I know in the past it has been played by boys, one year I knew the guy. Of course, I haven't been in a while due to living in a different city, so I can't say for ure that it's "always" played bya boy or girl. I guess it doesn't matter. Mother Ginger was played by a guy with a go-tee in my viewing this year.
I don't think the GRB is doing so well financially, every year the Nutcracker seems to get worse. I remember it being this big magical thing when I was little, and now it's more like... a dance recital. Of course, my Grandmother used to take me Chicago to see it too, which was always WAY bigger and more special. But I remember GRs being much ... more engaging. *shrug* Or maybe it's because I'm bigger? Kids still seem to like it. :-)
Thanks for checking I didn't get to see it this year .
That's cool that they have enough boys to play the party boys this year, when I took class there way back when it seems like there were like, 2 or 3 boys [accept for the professionals]
I liked the Nutcracker a lot more when I was a little kid too. I've seen it SO many times, I think I'm just sick of it (plus being in a performance of the Nutcracker few years ago makes it less "magical" for me too). It might have to do with the fact that there are more opportunities for serious ballet students in west michigan than JUST GRB, and many of the more talented dancers are going elsewhere? Or it could be a financial thing too...interesting.
I like it because of tradition and familiarity, but it's definitely not one of the best ballets ever in general (I remember learning in dance history in college that it wasn't well received when it premiered.)