Nutcracker withdrawal is a real thing. The mother of one of the first-time dancers asked about it in the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association’s Facebook group. My friend Pat, whose son Joey dances with the Appalachian Ballet, said that their cast feels it too.
While looking online for posts about this year’s ORCBA Nutcracker, I found instead some YouTube videos from 2012. The father of one of ballerinas posted videos of his daughter dancing as one of the maids. In the videos, you can see me as the Governor, a role I played in 2011, 2012, and 2013. This year, I was promoted to the role of Drosselmeyer.