Thank you for the
updated: Dec 02, 2012, 9:12 AM
EdHat informed me that I was the fortunate recipient of two tickets to the Saturday afternoon
performance of "The Nutcracker" put on by the Goleta School of Ballet. http://goletaschoolofballet.com/
I was thrilled to receive these tickets because my daughter's close friend, Natalie, and other
classmates are part of the cast and I was planning on attending with my family anyway, so this was like a BOGO sale.
We piled into the car and headed towards the Marjorie Luke Theater.
In the car I asked Isabelle what part Natalie was playing and Izzy informed me that she was playing a "party boy" part
as well as "Chinese Tea guest".
She then went on to state that: "It's much better to be a Party Boy than a Party Girl". Me: "Really? I don't know about
that - why do you say that?"
Izzy: "Because you don't have to spend all that time curling your hair". Ha! Tru that!
When we arrived, the theater was already pretty full and we took the Usher's advice and found
great spots on the balcony. It was nice to see the performance so well attended.
The lights went down and the curtains came up and we were in for a great performance.
The set was a visual treat and all the colorful costumes looked beautiful on the dancers. It was not long before we
spotted Izzy's friends and they did a fabulous job amongst all the other great dancers.
I was familiar with "The Nutcracker" story, but my kids were a bit confused about what was
going on, so, during intermission, I filled them in. I think that this is something that could maybe be put into the
nice program that one receives at check-in, or maybe make the storyline more clear somehow during the performance,
however that's no biggie.
The second half was just as great as the first.
Beautiful music (love Tchaikovsky), great costumes, excellent choreography and wonderful
dancers that seemed to be right on point at every move.
Besides our friends, I especially enjoyed watching the candy cane dancer who exuded grace and such a beautiful smile.
Also, seeing all the little ballerina mice in their sparkle costumes come out was a highlight
and very emotional for me (it reminded me of a time, seemingly not so long ago, when Izzy was part of a Itty-Bitty
Ballet group... my how time flies...)
All the young girls put on a great performance and were well rehearsed in all their moves. Bravo!
The lead dancers were very polished and performed with ease and excellence.
If you're looking for something to do Sunday afternoon, I highly recommend you go see the Goleta School of Ballet's
performance of "The Nutcracker" as it's a visual and musical treat well worth the price of admission (- especially if
you win tix on EdHat.) and a great way to share in your local community.
Thank you EdHat for the tickets and all that you do all year long, and thank you to all the
Goleta School of Ballet performers for bringing so much joy and beauty to our community via their performances in "The
p.s. Attached is a picture of Izzy and Natalie after the performance. You may recognize Izzy
from her "beehive halloween picture" a few years ago that popped up on the scary story banner a little while ago. Yes -
that's my son photobombing. (-:
Send this picture as a postcard
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Comments in order of when they were received | (reverse order)
2012-12-02 06:30 PM
Thank you for the great review! My daughter was one of the mice, and I wanted you to know that their director told the girls about your nice words today before they went on stage for their second and final performance. This is her first year in the school and we had never seen their Nutcracker before. I agree that the Candy Cane dancer was exceptional, and I was also impressed with the Spanish dancer, the Rose, and Clara. They had a very fine Clara, which is so important to a good production, and a very fine Drosselmeyer, charismatic and spooky. In fact back stage the young and gorgeous Mr. Drosselmeyer (this role is usually not played by a young man--it was a great choice) was entertaining the little girls and they couldn't get enough. I also thought the corps de ballet was very good, and the whole thing was nicely staged and costumed. I was a pleasantly surprised; it was a great bargain for your SB Nutcracker dollar :-)
2012-12-03 08:14 AM
A beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy too! Really liked the big Dolls and the Soldier! A beautiful production, really cute kids and impressive ballet technique!
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