Part of the fun of The Nutcracker is in the time before and after the show. Inside the Ellie Caulkins Opera House is a beautiful lobby that hosts a boutique, some art installments, 2 bars and plenty of room to move around and enjoy some conversation before the ballet begins. The bar has snack and drink options as well as the option for patrons to pre-order drinks for intermission too! I feel like part of the Colorado Ballet experience is enjoying this amazing venue and all the amenities. The coffee bar is wonderful, the boutique has so many cute little gifts and the people are very helpful and nice. Everywhere you look there is awesome art and wonderful conversations to be had. We love just browsing, snacking and looking at all the art.
2. Photo Opportunities
|Photo Credit: Abby Watkins Photography|
Every year we have attended The Nutcracker, Abby Watkins Photography has had this awesome photo opportunity set up in the lobby. It is a beautiful backdrop that really brings the spirit of the season alive and is a great opportunity for you and your family to get a group photo together all dressed up! Abby is super sweet and professional, and was great with my daughter. She kept her attention and was quick and easy to work with. The photos came straight to our email just a couple of days after the show and looked great! She also offers prints of the photos that you can order from her site for a super affordable price! I love our photo and am so glad we can frame this memory. If you are planning to see The Nutcracker this season, then make sure to stop by Abby’s booth!
1. The Performance!
|Photo Credit: Emily Speed and Sean Omandam by Mike Watson|
Obviously, this is the star of the post! We came for the performance and we were incredibly impressed. This is the 57th annual production of this holiday classic and should not be missed. The stunning costumes, beautiful set design and the fantastically talented dancers really bring this story to life.
|Photo Credit: Ariel Breitman and Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson|
The dancers bring passion, excitement, fun and beauty into each scene and the live music keeps you immersed in a wonderful experience. My daughter and I loved watching the dancers leap and turn and I think our favorite part was when they made it snow! YES SNOW, and then they danced in that snow in their point shoes! I was so nervous one of them was going to slip on that snow and yet they were still flawless and perfect.
|Photo Credit: Ariel Breitman, Sharon Wehner and Yosvani Ramos and Artists of Colorado Ballet by Mike Watson|
The humor of The Nutcracker ballet is also a huge favorite. The dancers do not just dance, they perform, they bring the story to life with their facial expressions and gestures. There really is no need for words, because they perfectly express this story. We giggled as various scenes unfolded and as the dancers took those scenes and brought the audience in. At one point, my little one told the nice woman in the seat next to her that “that dragon is really funny, huh?!?” I am 90% certain the entire theater heard her and agreed!
|Photo Credit: Emily Speed and Ariel Breitman by Mike Watson|
When the curtain closed and The Nutcracker ended the crowd erupted. It was perfection. It was so fun and it was even more magical than before. My little one was very excited and told me that she was ready to dance on the stage with the ballerinas. I told her not just yet, to which she argued that there were other tiny ballet girls and she could be one too! Can’t really argue with that. Her dance passion is already growing and allowing her to experience the Colorado Ballet only fueled her desire to dance more.
|Photo Credit: Sharon Wehner and Yosvani Ramos by Mike Watson|