Monday, December 21, 2009

{ sharing holiday traditions }

photo courtesy of Jay Mather, found here

Ever since I can remember, visions of sugar plums...candy canes and snow fairies have danced in my head at Christmastime, thanks to my favorite holiday tradition, The Nutcracker Ballet. I still recall the thrill of going to see it each year in San Francisco with my grandmother and being utterly captivated by the music, costumes, and scenery. I've loved sharing the same tradition with my own daughter the last couple of years and watching her fall head over heels in love with the story as well. This year, our tradition continued with a very special twist when my daughter auditioned and was cast as a teeny tiny mouse in the Sacramento Ballet's production of The Nutcracker.

Each year, The Sacramento Ballet casts 400+ local children to perform throughout the holiday season with their own company of professional dancers, creating unforgettable, tug-at-your-heart magic on stage. {I recommend having tissues on hand}. It's an amazing experience for the kids to perform with professional dancers in front of such a large (and adoring) audience and the opportunity to hang out backstage and discover the hard work and dedication behind the scenes is priceless. I chaperoned one of the performances and was able to take a few pics. I thought you might like a sneak peek through the eyes of my teeny tiny mouse...

we wait for the cue that it's okay to put on our costumes


and then, we wait...again


we watch the "big girls" & dream of someday playing the part of a party girl or Clara

we have our makeup done


and visit with the **stars** who stop by for a visit


we chase away the butterflies in our tummies


and's SHOWTIME!!!

a new twist on a favorite tradition = a lifetime of magical memories...
what a gift!

P.S. I'll be taking a little bloggy break while my daughter is on winter break from school and will return after the Christmas holiday. In the meantime, I've invited some fabulous blogger friends to stop by S.HOPtalk and share their favorite holiday memories and traditions with you all {as the lovely Mary did earlier today } Wishing you and yours the happiest of holidays! xo ~Suzanne

Local readers can find ticket information for the remaining Sacramento Ballet Nutcracker performances (today - December 23rd) here.


Simply Mel {Reverie} said...

She must be the sweetest (and cutest) mouse I've seen! What a wonderful tradition!

Kiasa said...

She's beautiful! Two of my nieces use to play their small, adorable parts in the Sacrament Ballet Nutcracker performances (a few years in a row). We have great photos of them as little bakers. They are teens now and still talk about how fun (and scary) that was.

Anonymous said...

Those of us lucky enough to be a part of our little mouse's life can have nothing but love and best wishes for our beautiful performer!



Cindy said...

such a wonderful tradition and the cutest mouse i've seen. the photo of your daughter with her ipod is so cute. enjoy your holiday!

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas Tinee Tiney Mouse. (You stole the show!) I love you.


Julia said...

How precious! Your little mouse :) We went and saw our seasonal Nutcracker last Sunday. It's such a wonderful tradition!

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