Sunday, December 6, 2015

Pre Christmas Activities - Nutcracker Ballet

Well there has been flurry of activity over here getting ready for Christmas.  

In September Little Bit auditioned for a part in the Nutcracker.  This production is done by Ballet Etudes, which is a local school of dance and they do a marvelous job.  She is a doll in the fight scene.  A very busy scene.  She is all cute in her Spanish dress. 

This was taken back stage after a show one evening.  I am helping with chaperoning the kids backstage.  It has been an interesting experience for me to see how things work backstage. The costumes are amazing. I don't think she is on stage for more than 15 minutes and look at this cute the costume.  The auditions are open to students from any school of dance.  Which gives her a great opportunity.  I think about 150 kids auditioned. 
Rehearsals started in September and the show runs for three weekends starting Thanksgiving weekend.  She will dance in 6 of the 12 shows. I signed up to chaperon for 5 and missed one because I am sick.  Hopefully I won't miss my last two. 
The Young Women group (The 12 to 17 year old) from church went to see the Nutcracker as a group, since two older girls are also dancing from our Ward. One of the leaders and some of the girls meet Little Bit at the back stage door and presented her with this giant Snickerdoodle cookie. 

Family involvement is big for this annual production, this is year 29. Mr. B. helped with taking down the set at Chandler Center of the Arts and setting it up at Mesa Arts Center. 

We saw the complete Ballet yesterday as a family. It was beautiful and it was fun to see Little Bits excitement and awe at the scenery. Minus Bigger Bit because she went with the Young Women.

Little Bit, Mary and Mr. B.

With White Tutu

This has been a fun adventure but very time consuming. She has been missing some of her time she spends with friends.  But she did tell me yesterday she wants to do this next year.

Well enjoy your holiday preparations and remember the real reason we celebrate. 

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