Last September I took an opportunity and auditioned for a production of The Nutcracker. I felt incredibly awkward, but needed to try. Over the months I’ve talked about the experience and shared my journey with you. There was an invited in-studio dress rehearsal and performance December 11th and the show was performed in the theatre the weekend of December 18th. Many have asked to see photos from my very first Nutcracker and I finally I have them.
It was really an exhausting, challenging and yet fulfilling journey. As rehearsals progressed, I picked up a couple of additional roles in the “The Party Scene” and “The Waltz.” Unfortunately this furthered devoured my evenings and weekends and pushed this “young” body into having random muscle spasms that only a super-detox bath could alleviate. It really was a wonderful experience, intense, but wonderful.
There’s something really incredible about daring to try something and surrendering to whatever the result may be. It felt like life gave me a chance to experience a childhood dream long after I thought it would never be possible.
If you’re not familiar with the storyline of this ballet, here’s a wonderful link to tell you more about The Nutcracker
The photo below is of the opening scene, also known as “The Party Scene”. I’m in the light-green dress in the background.
Next is “The Mice Scene.” That’s the one I was originally cast in. My heart really wanted “The Snow Scene” but I was very happy I was cast in the production at all! The mice scene was choreographed in the style of modern dance which isn’t typical for The Nutcracker. It ended up being incredibly creative choreography, extremely physically demanding, and I loved it! It was one of the most intense workouts I’ve ever experienced. We were quite a range of personalities, age and ability. We ranged from age eleven to fifty and we bonded like we were never strangers. The mice scene was the most loved by the audience – it was G’s favorite too.
For most of the photos in the mice scene, I can’t point out which one I am, but I’m in there.
In this production, the mice were on a mission, led by the Mice Queen (traditionally it’s the Mice King). The mission was to capture Clara, the young girl shown in the picture above. While the mice do their best to get her, the soldiers appear and set out do battle with the mice and protect Clara. The soldiers win and kill the Mice Queen.
Above, I’m the third one in from the left, and below I’m on the left with a profile of my mouse nose…trying to get out of the huddle.
Ahh the “Snow Scene”. When I think of the Nutcracker I imagine the snow scene and the Sugar Plum Fairy. When I had the second chance to audition for the snow scene, I was in euphoric tears, but in the audition I managed a calm centered focus. I’ll never forget the day I found out I made the cut. It’s a moment that reminds me life does give us second chances and anything is possible.
Here’s the quiz…. can you find me in the photos below? (hee-hee)
Okay, I’ll help you find me. In the photo above I’m the third one down on the right. In the photo below I’m the second one down on the right blocking the young girl behind me.
In the photo above I’m the third one down on the right, and on the photo below I’m the third one down next to the man, Drosselmeyer is his character name.
Above, I’m the third one in and below I’m the third one on the left still next to Drosselmeyer
Since I’m posting a few photo’s… I wanted to share a few of Monique, she danced the role of Sugar Plum Fairy and she’s such a gorgeous dancer that I just had to share a few pictures with you.
I’m reminded of the importance of spending our lives doing things we love. Our passions don’t need to be our professions, but they deserve the opportunity to live. With busy schedules and countless responsibilities in life, it’s far too easy to put our passions aside rather than hoist up our energy and squeeze in the time for our passions to breathe and be expressed. It doesn’t matter how well we do what we love or even if we have “no talent” at all. All that matters is we find a way to honor ourselves and do the things we love.
So go ahead, get out there and celebrate your dreams and even if you only have tiny pockets of time and a sliver of energy, believe that you can do it and just put one foot in front of the other!