It’s not the holiday season until Kansas City Ballet’s The Nutcracker and the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. As Kansas City Ballet celebrates it’s 40th production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, choreographed by Todd Bolender.
Making memories is what the holiday season is all about. Attending The Nutcracker has always been a tradition that my daughter, Amelia and I have shared. We attended our first mother-daughter Nutcracker when Amelia was just three years old in Boston, Massachusetts. I will never forget when she first saw Clara on stage and said to me “mommy one day I’m going to be Clara”. The night of her 13th birthday I watched with tears in my eyes as my daughter’s dream came to life as she danced the role of Clara to a sold out audience at Kansas City’s Music Hall. Even though my daughter is now 17 and a junior in high school, the tradition still continues. We attended today’s matinee to “relive the magic”.
Another annual tradition associated with Kanas City is The Sugar Plum Fairy Luncheon, Kansas City Ballet School’s primary fundraiser that kicks off The Nutcracker season. In 2007 I had the honor to chair the luncheon and coordinate this prestigious event. As with each luncheon a theme was chosen from a scene in The Nutcracker. In 2007 it was the mystical “Land of Snow”. As the guests arrived they were treated to a mimosa and punch. The foyer was lit up providing an interlude to the décor waiting inside the ballroom. Victorian carolers strolled through the silent auction as the children were memorized with a Paul Mesner Puppet Show; http://www.paulmesnerpuppets.org
At exactly 11:50 AM the doors of the ballroom were chimed open as the guest entered the ballroom to be amazed by a European winter’s day. The room glistened with snowflakes hanging from the ceiling; beautiful snow capped flocked trees bordered the stage, and each table reflected the glow of the Tiffany votive centerpiece designed by Studio Dan Meiners;http://www.danmeiners.com Each of the 700 guests was treated to a three-course meal and each child was brought up on stage to gather around Miss Kansas as she read the story of The Nutcracker. As the luncheon concluded the guests were excused to continue their day at the opening matinee performance of Kansas City Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker; http://www.kcballet.org
So as we rekindle the memories of our past we are reminded that the most precious gift we can give during this holiday season is our time. Our annual mother-daughter Nutcracker outings are memories that we both will treasure for all time. And, with God’s blessing, someday I’ll share them with both my daughter and a granddaughter.
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