I was ten years old when I first performed in The Nutcracker. The day we moved onto the major stage for our final rehearsal with the symphony was when I experienced one of the most transformative moments of my life. This is the day I associate with my soul coming to life. I was little, looking up and out to a vast 3,000 empty seats realizing that they would soon be full, and that it was my duty to bring them something special.
I was dancing the part of the smallest boy in the Party Scene, next to Fritz. The Ballet Mistress of the professional company directed us to stand in our places…and then, all of a sudden, the bright lights came up and the symphony played their first note. I came alive. It was the moment I realized I was a storyteller. It was the moment I realized the most comfortable place I could be then and would ever be was under those bright lights, in front of thousands of people, sharing a little bit of magic. For the next several days, twice a day, I gave everything I had to audiences as I performed my mini- narrative within the treasured, timeless story of The Nutcracker. Now, eighteen years later, those feelings are still as fresh as the day I first had them.
I’m thrilled to be returning to the stage this season as a guest performer in The Nutcracker with Ballet San Antonio, our city’s professional ballet company. Check out the behind-the-scenes footage from my rehearsal last week:
I will be performing as Clara’s Aunt in Act 1 and as Mother Ginger in Act 2. The ballet opened this past weekend, and I will be dancing in the final performance of the season this Sunday December 3rd at 2:00pm. Not only are tickets easy to purchase through The Tobin Center, but today is Cyber Monday and Ballet San Antonio is offering discounts if you purchase online! I hope you’ll join me in kicking off this Holiday season with your family, significant other, and/or friends and experience the magic only a story ballet can give.
Many heartfelt, personal thank you’s to everyone involved with Ballet San Antonio who made this opportunity a possibility for me. I can’t wait to get back stage this week, and I hope to see you in our audience on Sunday!