A magical afternoon with the Colorado Ballet’s Nutcracker

The Colorado Ballet generously gifted my daughter and I with tickets to a performance of the Nutcracker. Opinions are my own.

When I was a little girl growing up in Minnesota, beginning around age 4, my aunt started taking me to see the Nutcracker. This was a special outing for just the two of us. Oh, I think my brother came along a few times, but his first time he fell asleep, and he never showed a lot of interest after that. But I was always mesmerized by the Sugar Plum Fairy, the dancing mice in the battle scene, Mother Ginger and of course, the waltz of the flowers. It was so fun to get dressed up in a beautiful dress and spend some one on one time with my aunt.

As an adult, I saw the Oakland Ballet’s performance twice when I lived in California. They had local athletes take part in one performance as the soldiers. That was always enjoyable to see football and baseball players wearing tights and taking part in the battle scene!

But now I have a five-year-old daughter of my own, and I had begun to give thought to when I would first take her to see a local Nutcracker performance. I decided this would be the year, as she takes ballet and tap lessons and enjoys “performing” in our living room.

Her face lit up when she returned home from church this morning to see that the Sugar Plum Fairy had left her a very special dress to wear to the performance today. She said it was the most beautiful dress in the world, and she couldn’t wait to thank her!
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She has been to many movies and sporting events, but this was her first time at a theater performance. When the house lights went down and the curtain went up, she was glued to dancers and couldn’t wait to see the Sugar Plum Fairy. Too bad she had to wait until after intermission! She was fascinated with Clara and the Nutcracker.

Caitlin Valentine-Ellis as Clara

Caitlin Valentine-Ellis as Clara

She giggled, as did many, at the antics of the mice and particularly loved how dramatic the king mouse was as he died. Her eyes were wide as the first half of the performance ended with the Waltz of the Snowflakes.

She was antsy for the Sugar Plum Fairy, but didn’t have to wait long! The second half came quickly and she got more than her fill of beautiful dancers between the Waltz of the Flowers and the Pas de Deux with the Sugar Plum Fairy and a cavalier.

Photo by Mike Watson

Maria Mosina & Alexi Tyukov

The show is in its 53rd year with the Colorado Ballet, and there is still time for you to get discounted tickets for the first three weeks of the show. Receive 20% first three weeks of The Nutcracker with promo code KIDS. To redeem this offer, go to www.coloradoballet.org, click buy tickets and enter promo code KIDS. Disclaimers: Promo valid for performances Nov. 30-December 15, 2013 only. Not valid on D seating, seats subject to availability, limited quantities available. Not valid in combination with other offers or toward past purchases.

Make the holidays magical for your child as the story of Clara and the Nutcracker come to life before their eyes!
Photo by Mike Watson


  1. Rosie says:

    This sounds so wonderful! And what a nice tradition to carry on, and how thoughtful, even the dress! You make it even more special! Priceless!

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