Texas Ballet Theater – The Nutcracker

It’s officially the Christmas season and what better way to get that holiday spirit, then to go see “The Nutcracker” preformed by The Texas Ballet Theater?

My husband and I took our daughter Molly on black Friday. It seemed a cheerier bet then going to stores at 6am to shop – those ladies in line can be brutal!! Instead we opted for something more peaceful – we went to the ballet!
(Grounds of The Winspear Opera House include a reflection pond, and plenty of room to explore)
First off- the newly opened Winspear Opera House in Dallas is DIVINE! Stunning, sleek – and state of the art. And The Texas Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” was truly revelatory for me. I love the arts , but ballet has never been my thing. Shakespeare – yes! Musicals – yes! Tutus … not really. This production changed that for me. It was a beautiful, but also celebratory production! In fact, the climax of the opening act includes a Christmas tree that grows to 40 feet tall, and a snowfall on stage!
(The Opera House lobby. My daughter was smitten with all the Nutcrackers!)
My 15 month old daughter was mesmerized. And while she is still a bit young for this, she applauded the dancers, and waved to all the children dancing on stage. It was precious, and I can’t wait to see how much more she will enjoy it when she is 6 or 7!
(My daughter with blankie and sippy cup, looking so tiny in her grown up theater seat!)
Fun Texas Ballet Nutcracker Facts:

– Did you know over 200 costumes are used in the ballet?
– 10 miles of thread were used to build the costumes!
– 17 loads of laundry have to be done after every performance!
– Some women go through one pair of pointe shoes for each performance!

(Did I mention my pumpkin developed a small crush, on a lobby nutcracker just her size? Who knew she would go for the strong, silent type? Lol.)

I really recommend this production of the Nutcracker, it’s child friendly and would be a memorable family tradition to start! And if you are on the other side of DFW, you are in luck too! The Texas ballet is taking this production to The Fort Worth Bass Performance Hall, starting December 11th.

Whether you see it in Dallas or in Fort Worth, you are in for a real holiday treat! My husband and I both left with smiles on our faces, and in the Christmas mood. And when our daughter fell asleep in the car on the way home – we smiled knowing she was surely dreaming of Snow Queens, and Sugar plum fairies!

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