Its become an annual pre-Christmas tradition: me, my mom and G going to see the Nutcracker ballet! The last two years we've gone to the same performance put on by a local ballet school. Its extremely well done. This year, they did some additional performances at our even more local theater so we thought we'd give it a try. The performance itself was still extremely well done but, due to the constraints of the smaller stage, it seemed they had to downsize some of the sets. Also, because they were only doing a few performances at this location, they didn't have all the neat decorations in the lobby. Overall not a huge deal but still slightly disappointing. The upside is that the seating was fantastic and we were fortunate to have 5th row on the aisle so we had no problems with the view.
A few days before the performance I read G the Nutcracker book so she'd be re-familiarized with the story. It was adorable to listen to her explain certain aspects of the ballet as she watched. The dancing, costumes, and music were wonderful as always and we all enjoyed it tremendously. In fact, I think I like it more each time I see it!
The girl who danced the part of Clara was wonderful and only 12!