It’s time for the December edition of Flashback
Friday where I share events from my own life during my kid and teen years.
One of the holiday traditions for me was participating in some sort of Nutcracker production. I took ballet for about 10 years until I was 16 — this is when I figured out that I didn’t have the body or the talent to be a prima ballerina.
One of my favorite memories was when I was 11 years old and our dance school had the prestigious honor of dancing with The Atlanta Ballet Company’s rendition of The Nutcracker.
So Becky wasn’t lying when she said that Ms. Leopald was going to cast us for roles today. Lisa got cast as a Rat. Perfect role for her. She’ll have to wear this awful furry costume and roll around on the floor. This is what she gets for being such a Grinch (and it’s not even Christmas yet). Donna got cast as a Solider — which was a little better but she won’t dance much and she can’t smile because Soliders Are Serious.
Sooo…guess what? Guess what I am???
Hint: I’m not a Rat and I’m not a Solider.
Give up yet?
I’m an ANGEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I’m the TALLEST in my class so I got moved with the HIGH SCHOOL girls. I get to actually dance in both acts and I get to rehearse with the Atlanta Ballet dancers.
And the best part? I get to wear GLITTER.
Yeah, let’s talk about that glitter for a second shall we? I had to put it in my hair on my face, shoulders — it was EVERYWHERE. By the end of it all, I was glitter-traumatized. Now when I see glitter, I kinda cringe.
I searched for an Angel picture but couldn’t find any, which is too bad because the costume was really beautiful as I remember it — glitter and all. I did find a picture that I took for a Nutcracker Suite production when I was 13 years old. I danced in The Waltz of the Flowers — to this day it is one of my favorite Tchaikovsky Nutcracker compositions. I remember our dance mistress decided to have each girl be a different color. Looks like I was the blue flower. :)