It's that time again, the Nutcracker. Back in Chicago we have been working on getting the production up and running once again, getting back the information that was missing from a never dismantled puzzle. We find ourselves quickly back here again every year, and every year it is as much a celebration. The Joffrey's version premiered in 1987 and it has been a joy every single year for audiences, for families, and especially for children.
The Joffrey is opening its celebration this year in Los Angeles at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. This house is beautiful, grand, majestic, and magical. It is guaranteed to be a successful run. Yesterday was the first day of our stage rehearsal, with the flow of rehearsal going well without bumps, major timing issues, or uncoordinated patterns. What I am trying to say is that wherever the Joffrey takes it Nutcracker, we use children from that city that have been rehearsing on their own, in their own city for months now. We only put the whole production together two days before the first performance when we are actually altogether in the same city so it is normal to find both parties a bit uncoordinated for the first rehearsal. But this was not the case this year.
I am not part of this first run of the rehearsal and while I am typing this on my portable computer in the audience, I am looking at the cast of children completely engrossed in what is happening on stage....they simply love it and we do too :)