The theater wasn't overly large, but it had ample seating. We were in a row close to the top, so I was getting nervous when we went seat hunting. Turns out there was nothing to worry about. We could see the stage perfectly, as there was no bad seat in the house!
I didn't bring my big camera because the gal on the phone wasn't clear or not if I could take photos. Turns out I could, so long as I didn't use flash. I had my little camera with me, that I haven't used in eons, but even though I put new batteries in just before we left, it died after the one and only photo I took outside. My phone doesn't do well in the dark either, so that was a bust. Thankfully, my daughter's iPhone captured some photos, so I can share a bit of the show in pictures with you!
The first half of the show was just as you'd expect it to be. I loved it, but the kids thought it to be a bit dry (hmpf). The ballet dancers performed the classic tale of The Nutcracker just beautifullly, and I really just could not get enough. It was the seond half though, that my kids loved! With dancers from different parts of the world showing off their skills, the kids sat mesmerized and the adults where shouting their hearty bravos! over and over again.
With the exception of the doves of peace, a Moscow Ballet exclusive that was done very artfully (and was just gorgeous to watch) the performance stayed true to the story.. It's always a delight to hear Tchaikovsky, and the kids recognized some of the songs as they played. The Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker is a winter wonder to see live before you on the stage, and now, it is one more thing I can finally cross off of my bucket list. If you get a chance to go, I say please do!!
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