They use a real dog in the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association’s production of “The Nutcracker.” Herr Drosselmeyer gives it to Frau Stahlbaum as a Christmas gift before he gives Clara the nutcracker. The mice are not real. They are played by costumed children, some as young as four. Wednesday’s full-cast rehearsal was my first opportunity to see the little ones run out through the fireplace and grandfather clock. On Thursday and Friday we have dress rehearsals with the UT Chamber Orchestra.
I have a small role as a governor-general who can’t handle his liquor. The drinking bit is not included in the shortened “encore” show on Saturday morning. If you want to see my drunken pratfall, you’ll have to come on Saturday night or Sunday afternoon.