On Friday my sister Lucy and I went to the Nutcracker! The Pacific Northwest Ballet generously gave me a tour of their costume shop last week and it was amazing to see their handiwork on stage! It was such eye candy! Here’s a little floral design I made after seeing the sugar plum fairy costume…
Ian Falconer’s design was magical. He’s the Creator of Olivia the Pig…see her in the box to the left?
Everything was so colorful and detailed. We gasped a couple of times! I wish I could have taken a picture of the snowy forest with layers upon layers of branches or the walnut boat arriving in the candy kingdom covered with doilies and sweets! I loved the forced perspective of the living room decorated with silhouettes and pastels and red stripes. I felt like a little kid! When the tree got bigger and bigger I was so excited. I had only ever seen the show on tv, and nothing can compare to being in person!
The flower waltz was obviously my favorite dance. Especially since I got to see the design and the women who painstakingly cut each and every petal!
Isn’t this transformation from paint to fabric incredible? They even dye all their own fabrics!
I loved finding out special details, like how the rat king has one gold tooth,
some of the womens’ wigs have birds on them,
they use a pancake griddle to heat up their stick-on jewels, (They were SO sparkly on stage!)the parzipan skirts were literally made to copy a doily Ian Falconer brought in and showed them!
And did you know that professional ballerinas can go through three shoes in one night?
So much goes into a show like this!
Getting to go to the show after all this behind the scenes fun was truly a one in a lifetime experience. Thank you to Lindsay Thomas and the incredible team at Pacific Northwest Ballet for making it all happen! If you haven’t been to the Nutcracker, go! You can get tickets here