Written by Taylor Tweedell
The music of Tchaikovsky and visions of sugar plums are swirling in our heads, and you know what that means! The holiday tradition of The Nutcracker Ballet is almost here! Every two years, Quincy Community Theatre collaborates with the magical dancers of Kaiser Dance Theatre to present Clara’s journey through the land of sweets. Let’s get to know some of the graceful dancers who will be appearing in this year’s special holiday production.
Junior at Quincy Senior High School
Role: Sugar Plum Fairy
What is your favorite thing about your role?
I’ve always admired the young women who have performed this role in the past, so it’s an amazing that I get to experience it myself.
Why do you love ballet? I love how precise and powerful ballet is while still appearing graceful and effortless.
What is your pre-show tradition? Before a show I like to take my time getting ready and stretching. Right before I go on stage, I try to not think about anything else and just live in the moment.
Senior at Quincy Notre Dame High School
Role: The Mouse Queen is my main role, but I appear in several other parts as well.
What is your favorite thing about your role? I love the acting and how I can be sassy with it. The lifts are also really fun. The Mouse Queen choreography is jazzier than any other dances in the show and I really enjoy jazz work.
Why do you love ballet? It's rewarding when I nail a step. You have to work very hard to be able to get pointe work down, and that hard work really does pay off!
What is your pre-show tradition? I usually eat Fazolis with my friends before the shows. The pasta gives me energy and it’s a fun tradition. Our whole studio also goes on the stage before the show and does a big stretching exercise together.
It happens every year, you find yourself stuck on what to get "that person." You know, the one who already has everything? Or maybe it's someone who is working on downsizing. This year consider giving experience gifts. Not only are they naturally clutter-free but they create memories the recipient will cherish for years to come.
It's time to think outside the gift box and look into the gift of experience. Giving someone the opportunity to enjoy something they love, has always wanted to do or just plain deserves is personalized and thoughtful, and the appreciation for this type of gift lasts long beyond the holidays. Bonus! Experiences make great last-minute gifts since you can almost always buy them online. Here are a few holiday gift ideas for experiences that are sure to bring some yuletide cheer to the recipient!
Perfect for those that love to try a variety of new things. The recipient can choose the class or workshop they want to take and could include anything from painting and acting to music lessons and philosophy.
Memberships to Local Attractions
Families with young children are often looking for inexpensive and memorable ways to have fun. By getting a membership to a museum or other facilities, families can benefit from free admission and earn discounts to use towards additional events or special offers.
Couples can go out on a date night when you purchase tickets to their favorite shows including live theatre, symphony or opera tickets. Season tickets often give a deep discount over individual ticket prices, and it's the gift that keeps on giving!
Be sure to check out our list of 55 local nonprofit arts and culture organizations that offer special gifts and memberships for gift giving this holiday season.