We've been hearing the sweet sounds of Tchaikovsky around here these days! It's Nutcracker time. After much thought and prayer, we switched dance schools last spring. This fall, for the first time, all four girls have danced together at the same studio. Mary Beth, Katie, and Karoline have been working hard on Nutcracker performances all fall. Some time in early November, Katie asked Mike to lend a hand. Apparently, no one had volunteered to take on the role of Godfather Drosselmeier. Much to everyone's surprise, Mike readily agreed. Patrick's girlfriend, Hilary, was cast as Clara, a role she danced beautifully. Somehow, she persuaded Paddy to dance be the Prince, a role he --ahem-- didn't "dance" at all;-). It was Karoline's first Nutcracker and she was every part the angel. Katie was the queen of the quick change--she danced several roles. And Mary Beth shone as Snow Queen. It was great fun to see them all on stage!
Every Saturday in December, Mary Beth and Katie have been entertaining guests at the Ritz-Carlton Nutcracker teas. Then, on Sundays, Mary Beth has been Cinderella at the Princess Teas. Mike, Katie, Karoline, Sarah and I were blessed to join our friends Megan and Katie to watch Mary Beth perform at a tea. I can honestly say it was the most enjoyable hour of dance I've ever experienced. Such fun!
There is one more performance left. Local peeps, the Princess Tea is coming to South Riding this Saturday at 3:00. There are very limited spaces available. Call (703) 327-9627 to make reservations. I hope we see you there.
(I love this picture. I'm pretty sure someone was telling Hilary how awesome she was and Paddy was saying, "What about me? I was awesome, too.")
(note the nutcracker in the National Team jersey)
Please excuse the poor video quality. I was caught off guard and tried to capture a little bit of the Princess Tea. My sweet husband, The Director, is no doubt cringing at my production standards. Still, I keep playing this video over and over. My little girls can't get enough of it. When I remember Mary Beth at sixteen, this is the lovely image I hope comes to my mind.