Sunday, December 1, 2013

Colorado's Ballet Nutcracker Presentation Spectacular


Disclaimer:  I was given tickets to attend a showing. 
I was not paid in any way to write this review.
All opinions are my own.

Yesterday I went to see my very first play and I have to say it was absolutely amazing. Remember a few weeks ago I did a post on the Colorado's Ballet Production of the Nutcracker. They're even offering a 20% discount off tickets. If you're in the Colorado area I suggest you check it out! 


All camera photography was disallowed but I was provided with photos to share with you my readers. That photo was taken before the show started and I'm so happy that I went. You really do not want to miss this! 

Artists of Colorado Ballet - Photo by Mike Watson
Now the performances by the Artists of the Colorado Ballet was spectacular. Everything was done extraordinary well. The Colorado Ballet Orchestra played Tchaikovsky's score divinely and nothing was out of place. From the start of the performance you are drawn into it. You would recognize famous pieces such as the "dance of the sugar plum fairy". The snowflakes look magical and even me being a toddler didn't say a word because I was so enthralled. 

Now for those who have no inkling what the Nutcracker is all about let me tell you a bit about it. There are two acts in all. Act one takes place at the home of Clara our star of the play. It's Christmas Eve and everyone comes to celebrate at their house. 

Presents are given out to the children and at eight o'clock the owl clock strikes 8 and Drosselmeyer, Clara's godfather enters. He has lifelike toys that comes to life and entertains them all. One the lifelike toys are put away after entertaining them, he then gives gifts to Clara and her brother Fritz. Fritz is given nuts while Clara is given a wooden Nutcracker in the shape of a little man. Clara falls in love with her gift but Fritz breaks it and Drosselmeyer bandages it back together. 

When everyone has gone to bed, Clara goes to check on her prized Nutcracker. At midnight the clock strikes and her Nutcracker came to life with gingerbread soldiers. Then the Mouse King appeared and started a fight with the Nutcracker and his soldiers. The Nutcracker gets wounded but Clara is able to distract the Mouse King letting the Nutcracker stab him, causing the Mouse King to die. His mouse men took him away and the Nutcracker is then transformed into a handsome prince.  They go dancing into the moonlit enchanted forest then he takes her away to the land of sweets.

We then had a 20 minute intermission where I relived the most beautiful show I had ever seen. 

Maria Mosina and Alexei Tyukov - photo by Mike Watson

Act 2 is the Land of Sweets where we now get to see the Sugar Plum Fairy who was ruling in the Prince's place until he returned. He told her how he was saved by Clara from the Mouse King and how he was transformed back into a prince. 

In honor of Clara's heroism she is presented with sweets from around the world. The highlight of the performance was Mother Ginger who stole the show with her dance along with her children. The Sugar Plum Fairy and her cavalier performed as well and it was a sight to behold. 

After the sweets have performed Clara and the Prince are crowned rulers of the Land of Sweets and they leave drawn in a reindeer led sleigh waving. 

We then see Clara sleeping in her parlor with the nutcracker under the family Christmas tree. She awakes and we all are left to wonder, was it a dream? Her crown is sitting next to her so it might not be. She then walks to the tree for her nutcracker and goes back to sleep. 

The performance was beyond spectacular and I can't wait to see it again! 

You can see it as well. Don't forget that they're still offering a 20% discount on tickets for the first three weeks of production. 





Coupon Link: Here
Coupon Offer: Receive 20% first three weeks of The Nutcracker with promo code KIDS.
To redeem this offer, go to www.coloradoballet.org, click buy tickets and enter promo code KIDS. 

Disclaimers: Promo valid for performances Nov. 30-December 15, 2013 only.  Not valid on D seating, seats subject to availability, limited quantities available.  Not valid in combination with other offers or toward past purchases.



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26 comments:

  1. awww she's such a cutie. I've never been to a ballet before and I'm almost 30. It sounds like it was a lot of fun. I'm not in Colorado but if I was I would have loved to see it.

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    1. Oh it was amazing! If you can catch a production where you live I would suggest going to see it. ♥ Madison

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  2. I loved this show as a kid and so glad you got to take Madison to see it. Seriously, looked like a wonderful version of this classic and loved hearing all about it here! :)

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    1. Oh it was absolutely divine. The performance was extraordinary. I had a lot of fun and I didn't even make a squeak. Well only when the male ballet dance turned around and I saw his butt in his leotard and said "ewww". ♥ Madison

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  3. My grandmother took me when I was a kid, and now it's nearly time to take Scarlet. My sister and I danced in our dance studio's own version! I was a little soldier and my sister was a sugar plum fairy backup dancer.
    Wish we could see it WITH you! No Des, sadly. He's not ready.

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    1. Oh that sounds delightful. I want to be a ballet dance when I grow up. I love to dance. I wish I could have seen you perform as well. Des might just surprise you when you take him. ♥ Madison

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  4. Ahh! So love this! I was just reading how Krissy's experience went with the ballet and it does sound like it was so delightful. Watching the Nutcracker even though I know the story will never get old!

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    1. Yes my big sister went with me and she enjoyed it as well as mommy. I think I had a lot more fun though. ♥ Madison

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  5. We live in a town where nothing happens... although we are not far from Pittsburgh where everything happens. I am going to have to check and see if there is anything like that going on here.

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    1. That would be great Terry. I hope you're able to see one with your family. You would all love it. ♥ Madison

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  6. I wish I lived her so I could take my little guys!! They love Christmas shows :) I live in a small town and they try to do fun stuff, this Sat. they are having a breakfast with Santa for the kids and I think in 2 weeks we are having a town wide old fashion Christmas.
    I'm glad you had fun at the show it looks like it was so much fun!!

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    1. Breakfast with Santa sounds like a lot of fun though. I would love to have breakfast with Santa one day. I have to take my picture with him this year. I did it last year. ♥ Madison

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  7. I had to take my first graders to see this show when I was teaching elementary school. Let's just say that a field trip with 4 aides, 4 teachers and 90 first graders to see a ballet can be a challenge.

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    1. I can only imagine what that was like. I'm sure they had fun though. ♥ Madison

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    1. It was April. I had a lot of fun and I am thinking of going back next year. ♥ Madison

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  9. I wish I could go to a show..but we live in a tiny town where the closest big city where the products take place is an hour away. So glad to hear you were able to attend!

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    1. I live in a tiny town as well. It took my mommy an hour and twenty minutes to drive there. Sometimes you have to get up and go out and have fun. ♥ Madison

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  10. I love the Nutcracker! Beautiful pictures and it sounded like it was an enjoyable experience. Beautiful pictures too!
    xoxo

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    1. It really was an enjoyable experience. If you're able to take your kids I would suggest it. ♥ Madison

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  11. I haven't seen the Nutcracker in so many years!

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    1. It would be fun to go to. I hope you're able to see a presentation soon. ♥ Madison

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  12. How neat! Some of my favorite memories growing up involved going to see The Nutcracker!

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    1. It does bring back great memories for quite a few people. ♥ Madison

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  13. I'm 34 and I've never been to a ballet. Your pictures are stunning! It really makes me want to go!

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    1. This was only mommy's second time and you still have time to see your first one. The pictures aren't mine but thank you. I think he did an amazing job as well. ♥ Madison

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