Most people have a soft spot for whatever they consider to be “classic.” There are classic paintings by “old masters;” classic plays—the obvious being anything by Shakespeare; classic novels; even classic television programs.
But what makes a classic? Look no further than “The Nutcracker.” A holiday favorite, this ballet has been staged in at least three Queens venues over the current holiday season—Flushing Town Hall; the Colden Auditorium, Kupferberg Center, Queens College; and Queens Theatre in the Park. Families and friends flocked to these performances.
I attended Brighton Ballet Theater’s production at Kupferberg Center just as the current blizzard was getting started. In spite of bleak weather and an even bleaker forecast, a good-sized crowd attended. The cast consisted of children as well as adults. Perhaps parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles braved the storm because they wanted their youngsters to experience a holiday classic; possibly adults unaccompanied by children wanted to relive a pleasant memory from their own childhood.
Why is “The Nutcracker” a classic? A choreographer can’t miss with Peter Tchaikovsky’s beloved music. Whether familiar because of old records, music lessons in school or “classic” cartoons, every note will ring “tried and true.”
As always, save me a seat on the aisle, and Happy New Year from my family to yours.