Since we were studying Russia in early December, it seemed like an ideal time to expose my children to a little culture and a classic Christmas story, so I ordered The Nutcracker through interlibrary loan. Well, interloan is a little unpredictable, so we just got it this week, but was it ever a treat! I had forgotten how much I love that music! Since I love dancing of any kind, I was enraptured, and my daughter felt the same way.
The boys? um, not so much. Oh, well.
As I was mentally dancing along with the Sugar Plum Fairy, my 13 yr old son brought us down to earth. “And she trips and falls–splat–on the ground, and busts her head open and there’s blood everywhere and that dude in the tights (they were highly amused by her Cavalier’s costume) bends over her and everybody thinks there’s been a murder, so Jackie Chan rushes in and ki-YAH, kicks the guy upside the head…” There was more, but that’s all I remember.
It’s so nice to have good commentary to go along with a lovely ballet.