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What's Crackin?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

What's crackin'?  The Nutcracker of course!  Last Friday night was the opening of the Nutcracker Ballet in Seattle and we were eager to kick off this holiday season with a bang. We donned our (semi-) formal wear and made our way through the rainy streets of the Emerald city to take in this holiday extravaganza.  

The PNB Nutcracker is not quite like the traditional ballet that you might expect to see.  It has a darker twist thanks to the set and costume designs of Maurice Sendak.  The designs have a vintage quality and captivate the audience with theatrical tricks, like a surprise stage within a stage revealed during the scene of Pasha's kingdom.   I have to admit that my focus remained on the sets for most of the ballet and continued to captivate me with the minute details in design.   Photography is not permitted during the program so I was unable to get pictures, but if you live in Seattle I would highly recommend seeing it for yourself.

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