While I wish I could take credit for this post title, it is actually the headline of a newspaper article/commentary that my mom shared with me.
Apparently, I’m not the first mother to question her sanity after encouraging her preschooler to audition for the Nutcracker! Sometimes, as mothers, we cause our own stressors in life! LOL
Anyway, as I shared back in the fall, Mary’s dance studio puts on The Nutcracker every other year and Christmas 2009 was the year of The Nutcracker. Not knowing what I was in for, I eagerly encouraged Mary Catherine to audition. She made it (as did all the little ones, I think) and weekend practices began in October.
For approximately two-hours every Saturday and Sunday October through November, I dutifully sat in my car reading or did some grocery/Christmas shopping while Mary rehearsed with her fellow mouse companions and Mother Ginger children.
The actual performance was on Saturday, Dec. 5th. Friday, Dec. 4th was a long night for the little ones with stage rehearsal lasting from 6 PM until 10 PM…Mary’s usually in bed by 8:30!!! Saturday found us at the high school auditorium by 12:00 noon and we were there for the duration. With dress/costume rehearsal, individual and group photos, and multiple revisions, etc. we never left the high school. Fortunately, a seasoned “show mom” gave me the heads up and I packed the Disney Princess backpack with snacks, drinks, and card/board games.
The show was at 6 PM and lasted about 2 hours. NEVER ONCE did Mary Catherine whine, complain, cry, etc. She was a total trooper and loved being on stage! All in all, The Nutcracker was a great experience for her and while she has expressed disappointment that there will be no Nutcracker in 2010, Mama is breathing a big sigh of relief! Ha!!!
And that’s it! While I have about 300+ other photos from the show, I refuse to bore you with pictures of the other ballerinas (although they were quite magnificent and very professional)!
AND, be sure to come back for a visit tomorrow when I make one last CHRISTMAS post that is sure to be a big ANNOUNCEMENT!!!