- Books – I’ll hit the library early next week and grab a few Nutcracker reads. I’ll look for Janet Schulman’s The Nutcracker, E.T.A. Hoffman’s Nutcracker, or Diane Goode’s The Story of the Nutcracker Ballet.
- Coloring and Activity Pages — If I can find Dover’s The Story of the Nutcracker, I’ll pick it up; otherwise I’ll just print out a page from The Nutcracker Coloring Book, Printable Nutcracker Puppets, or more Nutcracker Coloring Pages. (Watch out for ads on all these sites, though!)
- The Washington Ballet Videos — I’ll show the kids some highlights of The Washington Ballet’s The Nutcracker and some clips of TWB rehearsing and dancing and Septime Webre talking. Great way to give little ones some idea about what to expect at e show!
- Peter Tchaikovsky on Starfall – My kids are Starfall nutty, so directing them to this particular page will be helpful for getting them ready for the very basics of the story and the incredible music and sounds they’ll hear.
- Nutcracker Activity Guide — Extremely helpful pdf guide to everything Nutcracker, this guide was created by the San Francisco Ballet and includes facts, history, play-by-play of the ballet, Nutcracker Mad Libs, Word Searches, and games. It’s catered to the SF Ballet, but it can be helpful for anyone I believe.
|Christianne Campbell by Theo Kossenas|
- Talk to your children about what it means to be a good audience member at a live performance before you go. Alyssa Porambo, Manager of The Washington Ballet’s Public Relations, provides the following advice: “The most important thing is to prepare them for what they are about to experience – let them know that they need to sit still and watch the dancers, but let them know that it’s going to be fun and exciting as well!” During our performance the 3 mother-daughter pairs in front of us talked throughout the performance. The girls played musical chairs during the performance that blocked the view of other theater-goers. And the people behind us brought snacks in crinkly packages. My kids get hungry too but we make sure that we have quiet bags so we don’t disturb others around us. Take your snacks out of their crinkly original packaging and put it in Ziplocs.
- Parking– There are plenty of garages across the street from and around the Warner Theater but if you are attending a Sunday matinee or a 7 pm performance, you might look for spots on the street first. They are free and will have you on the road sooner than having to wait to exit the garage.
- Plan to get there 30 minutes prior to the performance. If you get there earlier, shop at the Sugar Plum Shoppe in the Lobby for Nutcracker ornaments, books, tutus, and other delightful goods that benefit The Washington Ballet. You can also head downstairs to have your photo taken with The Sugar Plum Fairy for $10. Getting up close and personal with one of the ballet dancers in her Sugar Plum Fairy costume was a highlight for Little Miss Techie and Captain Computer! Pay cash for your photo and pick it up at intermission or after the performance. We found the line to have a photo taken during intermission was much longer than before the show.
- Brush up on ballet etiquette. Artistic Director Septime Webre greeted the audience prior to the start of the performance. He provided some ballet vocabulary for the audience. Clapping and saying bravo for male dancers, brava for female dancers, or bravi for men and women after a performance was much appreciated but gently reminded the audience that there is no talking during the ballet. Clearly not heard by the people in the row in front of us!
- Performance length is 2 hours with a very quick intermission. When the curtain closes and the house lights turn on at the end of Act 1, hop out of your seats and over the others in your aisle to head straight to the restrooms.
- Read the Nutcracker playbill before the curtain rises for a wonderful summary of the action in each act.
|Jade Payette by Steve Vaccariello|
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