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Nutcracker

My sister took me to see The Nutcracker at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater at Benedum Center. I loved it, with all the kids in colorful, satiny dresses in the home scenes — and then later, tiny ones dressed up as bees or sheep or whatever in the dream scenes. They decided to confuse us by calling the main character Marie instead of Clara, as we’re used to; but then I found out this was her original name in Hoffman’s story, and the ballet decided to use that. Her doll was named Clara, evidently, in the story.

Who played which roles depended entirely on what night you went to see it. They rotated between people, and no cast was repeated in any other performance. So many of the dancers had to be perfect on at least 2 different characters’ dances, which had to have been really demanding. But it was wonderful, and some of my favorites were Marie, the Arabians in their number in the 2nd act, and McTavish in the kilt — who happened to be Japanese actually.

Downtown, the Cultural Trust commissioned artists to make bike racks for the sidewalk here and there, and they’re very nice. Here are some.









posted on Dec 8, 2019 11:48 AM ()

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One of my ballet classes in New York was held in the City Center building on 56th St. Leaving class one afternoon, I ran into the children. I just remember them all dressed up for the dress rehearsal, being herded down a hallway and the ballet mistress calling out "snow flakes, stay here, toy soldiers on the stairs, no, no, mice, wait for the elevator." And the little ones, silent but with big eyes, so thrilled to be dressed up and going on stage.
comment by tealstar on Dec 10, 2019 12:19 PM ()
The nutcracker is almost classic holiday fare! I love it. The bike racks look great. You make me want to venture down town and see what is going on.
comment by elderjane on Dec 9, 2019 3:18 AM ()
I seldom go downtown because it's expensive to park, but I love the photos I get.
reply by drmaus on Dec 9, 2019 1:59 PM ()
Live performances are magical, and when I go to one, I always promise myself I'll get out more often. Those bike racks are exciting. The airplane one makes me think: Someone's going to put their eye out.
comment by traveltales on Dec 8, 2019 2:38 PM ()
Yes, that one is sharp and dangerous.
reply by drmaus on Dec 9, 2019 1:58 PM ()
They are a lot better than the standard racks we have all over town!!
"The Nutcracker" is always a fairy tale!
comment by greatmartin on Dec 8, 2019 12:46 PM ()
At first I didn't know they were bike racks, then later saw a bike chained up.
reply by drmaus on Dec 9, 2019 1:58 PM ()

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