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"The Nutcracker" dress rehearsal

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Matt Rodriguez and Shelby Steichen perform a scene from "The Nutcracker" during a dress rehearsal, ...

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Matt Rodriguez and Shelby Steichen perform a scene from "The Nutcracker" during a dress rehearsal, ...

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Blair Bracciano, left, and Strelly Frankenfeld dance as they perform a scene from "The Nutcracker" ...

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Dancers perform a scene from "The Nutcracker" during a dress rehearsal, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, ...

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Cast members perform a scene from "The Nutcracker" during a dress rehearsal, Wednesday, Dec. 5, ...

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Children playing the parts of mice in "The Nutcracker" make faces as they wait for ...

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Strelly Frankenfeld performs a scene from "The Nutcracker" during a dress rehearsal, Wednesday, Dec. 5, ...

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Dancers perform a scene from "The Nutcracker" during a dress rehearsal, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. ...

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Dancers perform a scene from "The Nutcracker" during a dress rehearsal, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, ...

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Lawrence Morgan 1 year, 10 months ago

This is FANTASTIC! I'm going to forward copies to friends elsewhere in America, as well as Europe and Africa.

I wish you would identify all of the people.

And: I'm going to forward a copy to The San Francisco Ballet and to the New York Times!

But it doesn't say who the photographer is! He or she deserves credit for such wonderful work.

San Francisco was the first to produce the full version of the Nutcracker in the United States:

http://www.sfballet.org/tickets/production/overview/nutcracker

http://dance.about.com/od/famousballets/a/Nutcracker.htm

Here is a little of the St. Petersburg version:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHYwVfN3wY4

And here is the London version, the entire dance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atUsFzvDDF0

If I have time I'll do a blog on the history of the Nutcracker, and first performances in the United States and many other parts of the world.

Whether you are in San Francisco or Lawrence, you shouldn't miss this dance performance!

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Lawrence Morgan 1 year, 10 months ago

And I forgot to add the full version of the Marinsky Theater in Leningrad to the above:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFsh80k2u30

Lawrence Morgan

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Lawrence Morgan 1 year, 10 months ago

In case I don't have time to do a fuller blog on the history of the Nutcracker, as well as its performance in other parts of the world, I want to make a few more comments.

First, the Dance-Along Nutcracker is big in San Francisco and Oakland. Families, singles - all come to participate and enjoy the music and dance.

If this were done in Lawrence, as it is out here, with families and single people of all ages, this would be a great fundraiser for the Arts Center!

You can't imagine how much fun it is until you've tried it yourself! And this would bring even more attention to the Nutcracker at the Arts Center, as well. In fact, the two of them could become major attractions in Lawrence every holiday season.

Here, for example, is a post on the Do-It-Yourself Nutcracker in Chicago:

http://chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/dec09-do-yourself-nutcracker-river-park-5553737/

and

http://timeoutchicago.com/things-to-do/this-week-in-chicago/15910076/the-12th-annual-dance-along-nutcracker

There are also many different versions of the Nutcracker in Europe and Australia, for example. Ric Averill, director of the Lawrence Nutcracker, has done this excellently with his emphasis on Kansas History - which I think is very unique.

Here, for example, is the New York City Ballet's version as a film:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCl9yQUkX7E

Maybe next year we will have a do-it-yourself Nutcracker from Africa!

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Lawrence Morgan 1 year, 10 months ago

Now I think I've found what is probably the best Tchaikovsky Nutcracker orchestral piece (without the dance). Take a listen to it yourself. I don't see how anyone could not like this orchestral work.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tk5Uturacx8

The director has now taken over the conducting for the Philadelphia Orchestra. His name is Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and here is his web page:

http://www.yannicknezetseguin.com/biography.html

He is very impressive!

And here is the Nutcracker as it will be presented in Wichita, Garden City and Hutchinson:

http://www.nutcrackerballet.net/html/kansas.html

Please let me know of any other Nutcrackers in Kansas.

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