The very first ballet I ever say was the Nutcracker. I was about eight or nine. I got to get all dressed up and my grandparents took me, just like they did with all the grandkids (well, the girls anyway). While, if I’m being honest, I don’t remember much of the actual ballet, I do remember loving it.
I’ve written about the Municipal Ballet a couple time before. For the holiday season, they were inspired by the McCune Mansion to reimagine the classic holiday story of the Nutcracker. For this immersive event, the “23-year-old Clara Silverhouse hosts a holiday party at her childhood home, drinks a bit too much absinthe and has an amazing adventure-filled dream.” I knew that Clara knew how to have a good time.
Every Municipal Ballet event is incredible and this one was no exception. They way they take classically trained dancers and choreography and put it a unique twist on it makes ballet approachable and utterly interesting.
On top of a fantastic ballet production, Municipal Ballet always teams up with a great musical group. For River of Rosewater, local band Pixie and the Partygrass Boys, who put an incredible spin on the beloved Nutcracker score.
If you ever get a chance, I highly recommend catching one of the Municipal Ballet events.