Oy! My nice Jewish boy appears tomorrow on the big stage–the San Jose Center for Performing Arts–as the one and only prince in the classic Christmas ballet, The Nutcracker. Well…we are not so religious to care really, but it makes for a good joke anyway!
And yes,tomorrow evening is the opening show of San Jose Dance Theater’s Nutcracker, performed on the same stage used by Ballet San Jose, who will occupy it just after they are done. (Come watch on December 4, 5, or 6! Tickets are available at www.sjdt.org or at the box office.) It’s wonderful that the kids get to perform at one of the best venues in San Jose. Julian is very familiar with it, having performed there several times while with Ballet San Jose School. He was asked to be in several professional productions with Ballet San Jose. In fact, three of Ballet San Jose’s company members will perform with the kids, including Ramon Moreno, who is definitely worth buying a ticket to watch. (Not that Julian isn’t…but he is mostly doing partnering with the exception of a double tour or two and a few turns. The rest of the time he sits on a very uncomfortable chair, he tells me, and watches the countries perform.)
Anyway, it’s all very exciting, although, I’m not sure Julian is excited by the white tights he has to wear. (By the way, it’s M.Stevens all the way on those as well. The Danskin tights were like girl’s leotards.) This is his first time performing in white. I am also not so sure he’s excited about what the huge soldier head does to his hair, but hey…what can you do? I got him a haircut, so maybe that will help.
Anyway, we’ll be there watching on Friday night and Saturday night. I hope if any of you local readers show up, you’ll seek me out and say hello! And to all the other boys performing in the Nutcracker this season, break a leg! (Not literally, of course.)