It is all over. The term has finished, show week has finished, our guest appearance as sugar plum and prince has finished. I am sitting in my own house in my own bed with no more commitments for at least two weeks. Bliss.
The performances were amazing, after a rocky dress rehearsal and many teeth-clenching technical rehearsals we did it. And it felt amazing. To go out on stage as a principle and to perform to the best of my ability, I really felt like I had achieved something, it was a lovely experience.
A few days after our last show, me and my pas de deux partner, Bradley, went to a small local dance school and performed the grand pas de deux in their version of the nutcracker. Trust me when I say they were the sweetest people ever. Both staff and children alike were so excited to have ‘real ballerinas’ in their show and in the curtain call we had two little children run up to us and present us with flowers and chocolates. One little girl even asked if she could give me a hug please in my tutu which melted my heart a little bit. After months of working towards our show at the top levels of professionalism and to be always around other people striving for the same thing as you, it was so refreshing to go and visit people who just did it for fun or those who were too young to have even thought about it yet. And yes, we did feel a bit like stars in our own private dressing room!
But now that is all finished and after a two hour train journey back home yesterday evening finished off with a night on the town that included both mojitos and fairground rides, I am ready to relax. Electric blanket on, men’s jumper on and a good book is waiting. What more could you want?
Tonight is officially the last night of the Nutcracker! We are two dress runs and two performances down and after today’s matinee and evening performances that’s it! We shall be finished! I thought that writing that would really excite me, it is my birthday soon and of course Christmas after all! And no more ridiculously late finishes or spikey headdresses or uncomfortably hot lights but no, I am dreading the curtain going down on our last scene tonight. I have absolutely loved this run so far. It really makes a difference to have a role where you know that people are watching you! It really brings it home that yes this is something that I want to do, something that I would love to make my job.
Tonight is the important performance though, my mum is coming to watch and out of everybody it is her that I want to make proud! She has given me so so much support this term and understanding and love and courage and strength and I want to show her that it has all been worth it so fingers crossed it goes well tonight!
I have got to go get ready for company class now and then show time! Wish me luck xxx
In four days the curtain will go up on our first performance of this years full length ballet with the Manchester City Ballet. Performing The Nutcracker, we have a completely new set, new costumes, new cast, new lighting and much new choreography, so it is a bit alarming that today was our first technical rehearsal of act one! Don’t get me started on what has gone wrong this year- backdrops not arriving, costumes not being finished (we had to sew 300 buttons onto men’s jackets today!) and doorways not being functional to name just a few! But we have survived this long- we can slog it through and by this time next week we will be done and I can be pampered 😉
The rehearsal actually went well. The set looks great with moveable wings and a lit up Christmas tree that actually grows! The lighting had a few mishaps with spotlights being a bit off etc but overall the effect was good. I didn’t have to wear pointe shoes for my pas de deux so the rose coloured glasses were rather occupied I must admit! We finished at quarter to nine and now it is ten o clock and I am tucked up in bed. Tomorrow all we have is a warm up class and then a whole day of tech again! In one of my dances we shall be having snow falling from the top of the stage which is rather exciting!
Im off now, sleep is calling, but I will keep you updated on the snow tomorrow! 😉