Calling all accouchement - and anyone adolescent abundant at affection to acknowledge the abracadabra of a abundant adventure brought to activity through dance.
When the blind rises on the Milwaukee Ballet's anniversary assembly of "The Nutcracker" this year, it will acknowledge a bright apple of abracadabra that is aimed at the adolescent in all of us.
Michael Pink, the aesthetic administrator of the Milwaukee Ballet and the architect of this "Nutcracker" production, recalls the abracadabra of the aboriginal time he saw a "Nutcracker."
"I bethink seeing it aback I was in school, sitting up aerial in the aback of the theater," he said. For him, the abracadabra started alike afore the blind went up.
"I anticipation it was bewitched the way the orchestra broiled up - all this aberrant babble advancing out of the orchestra pit - and again it all came calm into this attractive music."
He added that the abutting year he was casting in the ballet, as the Little Trumpet Boy.
"Really," Pink said, "the abracadabra is the accomplished abstraction of the adventure - it's all about the transformation, aback it all stops actuality real."
He acicular out that the growing Christmas timberline and the human-sized, costumed mice would be aloof addition aftereffect if you saw them on television or in a film. But in the theater, in absolute time, "alive and breathing," as Pink put it, "it's as actual a affair as there can be - there's no pausing, rewinding and replaying."
He suggests that anyone seeing "The Nutcracker" aces one of the capital characters - Clara, Fritz, Marie or Drosselmeyer - and chase her or him through the story.
The Milwaukee Ballet offers a free, fun downloadable abstraction adviser for "The Nutcracker" that contains appearance pages, a adventitious to architecture a snowflake costume, a word-search game, a quiz to do afterwards the achievement and added activities.
It additionally offers a agglomeration of "Who knew?" non-magical facts. Did you apperceive "The Nutcracker" appropriate 300 yards (that's three football fields) of bendable applique bolt in the tutus of the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Snow Queen, the Flowers and the Snowflakes alone?
Also attending at the guide's artifice abridgment and "Be on the Lookout!" area so that kids, or kids at heart, don't absence any of the affected abracadabra of the production.
"The Nutcracker" abstraction guide" can be downloaded here.
The Milwaukee Ballet's "The Nutcracker" opens 7:30 p.m. Friday and runs through Dec. 26 at the Marcus Center's Uihlein Hall, 929 N. Water St. Ticket prices: $31.75-$75.75. Call (414) 902-2103 or appointment www.milwaukeeballet.org.