All around the world, celebrations for Christmas are beginning. Here in Steinbach, we are also beginning to see the first of these celebrations. The snow has arrived, neighborhood streets are twinkling with lights, and there are early Christmas trees for those who can’t wait any longer! It is truly a magical season, and one that ought to be celebrated. It is a season that not only finds expression in different cultures, but also in the world of the arts.
This year, The South East School of Dance is beginning the Christmas season with a showing of Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet, The Nutcracker. Written by the composer in 1892, it was first performed on December 18th of that same year at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. It is a remarkable to think that people have been watching this ballet set to the same music for over one hundred years!
But it is not so surprising when you consider the story. The first act is set on the night before Christmas. A young girl is given a toy nutcracker by her mysterious uncle. As she falls asleep under the Christmas tree, she finds herself in the middle of a wild adventure: the Mouse King is attacking and she is rescued just in time by the Nutcracker who has come to life! As it turns out, he is not actually a Nutcracker; he is the Prince of Candy Land! In the second act, he takes her there and makes her queen for a day. All his courtiers dance for her and she almost lives happily ever after. But of course, it was all a dream, and she wakes on Christmas Morning under the Christmas tree.
The music and story have, through the years, come to represent not only a celebration of Christmas, but also of the imagination and childhood experience of Christmas. Why not come out and celebrate with us? We are showing it Tuesday November 22nd, at 7:00pm. It is $2 for a seat and popcorn.