Holiday tradition dazzles audience once again

By Samantha Plumley – 1851 Staff

The Boston Ballet production of “The Nutcracker” was debuted on Friday, November 25 at the Boston Opera House. Photo courtesy of Boston Ballet

Mikko Nissinen’s choreography of Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” has delighted audiences for the past four years and this year is no different. Parents with little girls in fancy dresses, friends on a night out, and those embracing the holiday spirit fill the seats of the Boston Opera House for the iconic holiday performance on opening night on Friday, November 25.  The ballet may start when the curtain goes up, but the magic of the performance begins when walking through the doors of the Boston Opera House. One is immediately transported to a different era sitting under the exquisite chandeliers of the performance hall. Those who frequent the venue often still find themselves marveling at the elegance of the building and gaping at the glamorous gold leaf throughout the tremendous building.

Photo courtesy of Boston Ballet
Attention is turned to the stage where the stunning sets are extraordinarily detailed. The magnificent sets allow audience to join Clara and The Nutcracker on their adventure. The scenes are distinct based on the impressive set design by Robert Perdziola. The prologue begins with Drosselmeier entertaining children at his theater. The set may only take up a quarter of the stage but the story was conveyed through the impeccable details. The curtain rose and the audience was transported into the vast ballroom of the party scene. It was impossible to see everything within the set due becoming invested in story. Sets eventually faded into the background.

Set in the Regency period (1811 -1820), the production featured costumes Jane Austen would have gushed over. The performance features more than 350 costumes. The eye-catching jewel encrusted garments sparkle as the dancers glide on stage. Those of the Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy possess a magical quality. Perhaps it is the glittery tiaras or the tutus, but their costumes were the most mesmerizing in the show. Other memorable costumes were those that looked liked snowflakes. The hypnotizing snow scene featured dancers in light skirts moving in a dreamlike manner. Dancers turned into the snow floating gracefully in the wind.

Photo courtesy of Boston Ballet

The disciplined professional young dancers contributed significantly to the performance. The central character, young girl Clara, performed by Delia Wada-Gill, captivated the audience with her technique and acting abilities. The level cuteness was raised by costumed kids and characters like the little black sheep and gingerbread man made hearts melt.

Once the dancers took the stage for their final bows the audience was released from their trance. One audience members stood up and slowly the rest of the audience followed suit. The audience gained their voice once standing and applause and cheers became deafening.

Photo courtesy of Boston Ballet

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