December 14, 2003

PPAC Nutcracker

A friend of ours had gotten some tickets to the Nutcracker in Providence as a gift. Her younger daughter was sick with a fever and it was no longer possible for them to go, so she offered the tickets to us. We had wanted to take the girls to see the Nutcracker, but had been too busy to plan it. This was a wonderful opportunity, thanks to our thoughtful friend. So, at the last minute, we cleaned up after a day of home renovation, dressed, and took her older daughter with us to the Providence Performing Arts Center.

All the girls were on their best behavior for what was a wonderful show. The PPAC is a beautiful theatre inside, with all of its detail work, a perfect venue for this holiday classic.

This is only the second time I have seen a live production of the Nutcracker, the last time being many years ago - the Boston Balet at the Wang Center (which appears to be in some trouble).

My favorite character in The Nutcracker is, of course, the mysterious and slightly creepy, but loving, Uncle Drosselmeyer. The eye-patch and cape-clad uncle bestows the Nutcracker on Clara and starts off the adventure. The model for all good uncles.

When we returned and dropped off her daughter the little girl with the fever was asleep. Maggie tells me she was feeling a lot better.

Posted by James at December 14, 2003 11:15 AM
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