Cape Measure

Photographer Yvonne Dalschen needed to test the lighting in one of the rooms at the Dance Centre of Oak Ridge. She was preparing to take photos of some of the youngest dancers in The Nutcracker.

Yvonne asked me to pose for a test shot or two. I had just put on my cape to rehearse my part in the battle scene of Act I, which meant I could give it a twirl and stare dramatically at the camera. The inside of the cape is adorned with beads that will reflect the spotlights when I stretch my arms out.

This year I will play Drosselmeyer in the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association’s production of The Nutcracker. Our performances are on Saturday, November 22 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 23 at 2:00 p.m.

The cape-wearing Drosselmeyer is the magical toymaker who gives the Nutcracker to his beloved niece Clara. In preparation for the role, I purchased three magic tricks from to use during the party scene. Drosselmeyer brings several gifts to the party, including the Nutcracker. He also fixes it after Clara’s brother Fritz drops it.

Traditionally, Drosselmeyer also wears an eyepatch. I purchased one that would normally be worn as part of a pirate costume on Halloween. By the way, be very careful when your online search includes the words “see-through pirate costume.”

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