Living in a Big Ten university community, we are fortunate to have access to some excellent entertainment and venues, although our chosen pursuits prevent us from having us as much free time as we might like to check them out!
Yesterday, however, I did take Molly to Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Illinois Campus to see “The Nutcracker” performed by the the Champaign Urbana Ballet with accompaniment provided by the Champaign-Urbana Symphony. Every aspect — dance, music, lighting, sets, costumes — was marvelous, and Molly was enthralled.
It was fun to recognize a couple of old friends of hers (one was a preschool classmate and another a former neighbor) among the dancers. Having each studied ballet for more than a decade, they are both fluid, graceful, and expressive in their art. I know Molly was moved by their fervent commitment to an endeavor that has produced such beautiful skill and accomplishment.
At the end of the show, she said, “Maybe we could see a ballet here every year? Maybe not ‘The Nutcracker’ every time … We could see what they have coming up.” An annual (maybe even seasonal) theater date with my girl? Sounds about wonderful to me.