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Review: The Nutcracker at The Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
12:20pm Friday 28th October 2011 in Freetime
CHRISTMAS is careering towards us at 100mph, but if you fancy getting in the mood with a cracking festive spectacle, you won’t go far wrong with this ballet.
The classic story of The Nutcracker, showcased by the Northern Ballet, is brought to life with colourful opulent clothing, sleek sets and expert dancing.
And don’t forget the music; the cast gracefully move in time with Tchaikovsky’s catchy score.
The story focuses on protagonist Clara as her family prepares for their Christmas party. She is handed a toy, a little wooden man which is also a nutcracker, from her uncle.
When the nutcracker breaks, her uncle casts a magic spell to repair him.
Night-time falls, and Clara wakes from her sleep to tiptoe downstairs and see the room has grown, and is surrounded by large mice. As the Mouse King declares war, the Nutcracker Prince is brought to life to do battle – and is magically turned into a handsome boy.
Clara and her new friend are transported to into a fairyland with dancers and merriment – however it all ends suddenly when she wakes in her father’s arms.
Was it just a dream?
Northern Ballet make you gasp out loud as they perform some incredible moves, but it wasn’t always just down to the traditional ballet we know and love.
Clara (Pippa Moore) also allowed her personality to shine through the role as, at times, she added amusing freestyle dance to the mix to the delight of the audience.
And the Chinese dolls, performed by Sebastian Loe and Benjamin Mitchell, were also extraordinary to watch as they contorted to the classic beat.
Don’t miss a truly magical tale.
The show runs tonight and tomorrow. For further details contact www.atgtickets.com/