This past weekend Frank Ohman’s New York Dance Theater, Inc. presented their 29th annual Nutcracker ballet at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse at Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY. For a little over two hours the audience journeyed into a world of magic and enchantment mesmerized by dancing soldiers, a Sugar Plum Fairy, and so much more.
As someone who has experienced this wonderful story many times, I am never at a loss of anticipation or excitement. To me it is a wonderful escape from a very busy time of year. As we were escorted to our seats you could feel the excitement in the theater from younger ones who never saw the show before and older ones, like myself who gleefully awaited the adventure. My own family was there and we could not wait for the ballet to begin. I started to think immediately how could I review this performance objectively when I knew that I was predisposed with a love and respect for ballet and the enthusiasm of this performance and how it would make me feel later on.
Although both my children were equally excited, my 11-year old daughter could not stop gushing about the performance. As a dancer she is most often found on stage and to see and hear her was truly heartwarming. As soon as Brianne reached home she immediately took to the computer (she also likes to write!). So I thought how better or more effectively critique a performance than through the eyes and words of a child. Here is Brianne’s review. I could not have said it any better.
“Sugar Plum Fairies dance around as sparkling snow falls to the ground. Yes, I am talking about the one and only Nutcracker (performance), from a kid’s point of view. This past weekend was Frank Ohman’s (New York Dance Theater, Inc.’s) ballet performance and I have to say I was blown away with all the great dance talent and the beautiful performance itself.
The first act was filled with the joy of Christmas, the scariness of the battle between the Mouse King and of course, the focal point himself, the Nutcracker. The scene went from a dramatic fight scene to the Nutcracker becoming a real boy in a magical world. I have to say though I absolutely loved the Sugar Plum Fairy Pointe numbers. All the dancers looked so beautiful in their sparkling costumes with their straight, pointed toes. I am a dancer myself and I have been told many times to point my toes, so I couldn’t really help it but look at the dancers’ toes.
In my opinion, Mr. Ohman has done an amazing job (re)creating one of the most fantastic ballet numbers that there has ever been.
I have no words to describe Act Two, The Land of the Sweets. I loved the entire act as much I loved the Sugar Plum Fairy dance. So many countries were represented in that one act. From Asian countries to European countries, Mr. Ohman had every country shown as a sweet. Mother Ginger was really funny too. She wore a gigantic dress with a ton of makeup. Altogether though I could not take my eyes off of the stage or the dancers from start to finish. It was a real masterpiece. I can’t wait to see it again next year.”
Have a wonderful and safe holiday and may the magic of the season be with you
throughout the year, especially when we as adults get caught up in everyday life and tend to forget the true magic of each day as seen through the eyes of our children.