Thursday, December 13, 2012

Nutcracker Review

Photo: Bill Cooper courtesy of ROH
Frozen yogurt in hand, we sat in Theatre 5 of the Cineplex, waiting for the Nutcracker from the Royal Opera House to begin. 

This was my first time to see the Nutcracker, as was it for Ceilidh and Meighan.

Ceilidh was still awake at the end of the show. Meighan stayed awake all of the way to the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. We loved Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as did the audience. I heard grown men behind me laughing. The show was charming.

In the land of the Sugar Plum Fairies we saw dances by hot chocolate from Spain, coffee from Arabia, tea from China and candy canes from Russia. The show runs again Dec 22nd. We recommend it.

Photo: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times
Dalton is joining me for Aida on Saturday.

He likes Egyptian mythology and asked me if there is a lot about the God Ra in the show.

I will check out the details before I pick him up on Saturday. I want to be known as the grandmother who is in the know so I am going to have to do some homework.


Sugar Plum = Jordan Almonds
Added note and picture for the comments below:

Who would have known a Jordon almond is a type of sugar plum? 

Who would have known the little metallic decorative balls that decorate cakes are sugar plums,

Little hands take them out of the glass tubes and eat them before they get on the cakes.



  1. I forgot to mention that the review says that the show is sold out except for the 67 day seats they hold back to be sold the day of the performance. Sold out? Not so at the theatre we attended. Lots of room -- maybe only 1/10 full, and we had room to lay our coats on other seats and spread out so we were nice and comfy. Ceilidh is the one who spotted the fact that the decoration of the beautiful cake in the first act, is mirrored by the set of the Land of the Sugar Plums. She whispered to Meighan that she should tell me that. Good thing, for I had missed it.


  2. I hadn't thought much about a "sugar plum" until you asked the question -- which drove me to Wikipedia, the source of all knowledge.

    Now I find out a have eaten sugar plums, in the form of candied almonds and M&M's. Who would have known?

    The sugar plum can strictly be thought of as dried fruit mixed into a ball and then given a sugar coating.

    I loved the facts, as well, that there is a famous band called Sugar Plum, as well as a song by the Bill Evan's trio. Check out if you have 6 minutes of time to listen to a tune you may never have heard.

    A Sugar Plum is also known as a dragée[p], a bite-sized, colorful form of confectionery with a hard outer shell - which is often used for another purpose (e.g. decorative, symbolic, medicinal, etc) (Definition from Wiki).