Friday, December 10

Visions of Sugarplums!

This week the super-awesomest daddy of the universe arranged for us to attend the final dress rehearsal of The Nutcracker with The Nashville Ballet. We had the 2,400 seat auditorium almost completely to ourselves, which is what made it perfect for a VERY excited little girl with a suppressed immune system.

I don't think I've ever mentioned here that my career before Toucie came along was in Theatre...specifically in costume and set construction. The scenic painting company that I worked with for over a decade before leaving to stay home with my babe created all the backdrops and painted all the scenery for this production. I couldn't help but feel a twinge of wistfulness as I admired the spectacle...I wish I could say that I helped build that!

It was all so gorgeous...stunning...magical....and then it got even better....we got to go backstage!

We passed through the strangely lit passages and pieces of scenery stored away in the wings...

We saw Herr Drosselmeyer in his dressing room, but I resisted snapping his photo! And anyway, there was someone else who caught our attention:

Toucie and Daddy had found the Sugarplum Fairy...who was so loving and kind that she ran to fetch Toucie a little gift. I don't know if you can see it here in my wonky photo, but that is Toucie in the lower right-hand corner cradling a pair of point shoes given to her by the Sugarplum...magical, I tell you...magical!

Thank you Sadie Bo Harris! You embody every virtue of the Ballerina Princess that little girls dream of. And thank you Daddy...for making little girl dreams come true.