After hearing the Nutcracker music every day for a month, I miss it now that my performances are over. I can hardly wait to receive the DVD that my wife ordered on Sunday.
At the conclusion of Sunday’s show, my wife presented me with a nutcracker that looks like the character I played, Uncle Drosselmeyer. He is carrying presents and a smaller nutcracker.
I have great respect for the dancers in the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association. They put on truly graceful and athletic performances. My “dance moves” consisted mostly of dramatic walking. What I loved was being a part of the story. The directors let me add a few flourishes to the role. I did some magic tricks during the party scene and a little bit of comedic reacting to the ballerina playing a masquerade doll. I was also allowed to mysteriously appear during a few scenes throughout the rest of the show, as the character does in many other productions.
Each year ORCBA brings in professional dancers to play the Sugar Plum Fairy and her cavalier. They also play the Snow Queen and Snow King in Act I. This year’s professionals were Courtney Dressner and Mark Burns of The Georgia Ballet. In addition, ORCBA hired Grant Howard of Great Gig Dance Company as the Russian soloist.
At least four of the “dance moms” take great photos of their kids during performances. I’ve started seeing some of their pictures on Facebook, including a few good shots of the party scene while I’m doing a magic trick. I will ask them for copies that I can share here in the coming days.