Theatre Review: The Nutcracker

A few weeks ago myself, another leader and two parents took a group of Brownies to go see The Nutcracker at Windsor Royal Theatre. Since moving to Windsor in July, this was my fifth time going to the theatre. My first time seeing a ballet performed there.

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As a kid, my parents often took me and my sister to different events. One which I’ll never forget is seeing a ballet production of the Bronte sisters. I think it was with Northern Ballet company? I remember thinking how odd this was with no one speaking and only expressing them self by dance. I remember coming out and fully enjoying it tho as I knew the story and could understand it – eventually.

As a brownie leader I totally forgot that the girls might feel the same I did when I saw the ballet for the first time and be confused if they’ve not read the story before. Lucky for me they enjoyed it and they knew the story – phewff!

I’ve read the story of The Nutcracker as a child, and loved it. If you don’t know it, it’s about Marie Stahlbaum’s favorite Christmas toy, the Nutcracker, comes alive and, after defeating the evil Mouse King in battle, whisks her away to a magical kingdom populated by dolls.

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This production was by Vienna Festival Ballet. The dancers were amazing even the small little brown mouse, whom  were so young. The party scene was colourful and and made you feel very Christmassy as one of my brownies put it. Like her I loved seeing the different lands they visit and the difference between them all. From the Chinese tea dance to Arabian Dance Coffee which were my favourite. One of the brownies was transfixed over The Waltz of the Snowflakes.

Coming out I was reminded of the appreciation I have for ballet dancers for their commitment, skills and body language they have to display. I always say that being a brownie leader I want to teach and show the girls another world which is out there. It was apparent the girls felt the same on how I felt. Job well done…

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