This was the first time I have been to the Ames Center for a show. Fun fact: My 10 year high school reunion was held here. Whoop whoop. It is a beautiful place and there really isn’t a bad seat in the house!
I haven’t watched The Nutcracker in years. And I hate to admit it, but I have never been to the ballet before. And I love the movie Center Stage (anyone? anyone?)! So it’s really a crime.
Naturally, I was excited for this. And I wanted to document the whole thing. But, you know, you can’t do that for live performances. Rules, rules, rules.
I really wish we would have been permitted to take pictures during the show. The sets were so fun. It was the traditional Nutcracker story, but set against a Minnesota backdrop. You begin the story in Rice Park, then onto a home on Summit Avenue, and a scene by the Stone Arch Bridge. It really spoke to the Minnesota lover in me.
The dancers were wonderful, the costumes were beautiful, and the mice never broke character. Simply put: it was awesome! I just wish they had more shows this season, because I would demand that you go.
I decided that “See More Shows” is going on my 2016 Goal List. And specifically at the Ames Center.
Go read this post Beth wrote. She talks about the ballet ans mentions some really fun Christmas traditions she has with her family. It’s a good one.