Let’s start out by saying that I have seen several performance s of the Nutcracker in the past but I have to admit that Pacific Northwest Ballet’s show was the best I have seen.
Stepping into McCaw Hall begins the journey into a unique and imaginative destination.
Statues of characters from Nutcracker stand tall and several photo op centers are adorned with Christmas lights and small bits and pieces from the show.
There are even musicians are ready to teach young and old how to play everything from the harp to the flute to the bongos and several stringed instruments. Even the cookies are cut and decorated like cute little mice.
When the show finally begins the audience is delighted with the beautifully artistic scenery produced and designed by children’s author Maurice Sendak. The attention to detail can be seen in literally every scene through the performance, my favorite being the growing and sparkling Christmas tree.
Founding Artistic Director and choreographer Kent Stowell brings his talent to the stage in perfect rhythm and reflection of Tchaikovsky's beautifully written music. The familiar tunes convey the feeling of Christmas in an instant.
The dancing was imaginative and ingenious with not so much as a single flaw noticeable by performers.
Young Clara was absolutely amazing with talent to spare. She was mesmerizing to watch. Grown-up Clara also scored a 10 with her artistic and unflawed dances. Honestly, the entire cast did performed to perfection and brought the entire story to life.
Watching the children in the audience was probably the most fun of the entire show. They sat still with their eyes wide open enjoying the stunning scenery and perfectly crafted dancing.
If you get the opportunity to see PNB’s Nutcracker don’t let it go. It is definitely worth the trip to Seattle.
You still have time to purchase your tickets, performance run through December 27.
Contact Pacific Northwest Ballet at www.pnb.org.