Heather Tang gave me a homework assignment. She told me to watch a DVD copy of the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association’s 2008 production of “The Nutcracker.” I kept a close eye on a general who gets a little inebriated and waltzes wildly off stage. I will play that part in this year’s show on November 19 and 20.
It was especially helpful for me to see the set and props. At rehearsal on Sunday, I saw dancers pantomiming actions that I didn’t understand. Now I know that they will be dusting off the mantle before guests arrive.
After we ran through the party scene a couple of times, I tried on several different costume jackets. Some looked like modern tuxedo jackets. Some were fitted for people smaller than me. We finally found one that fit me and looked right for the part.