Today in My History
If Wishes were Horses
Books Read in 2019
December 3, 2019
I try to read several Holidailies entries each year, and enjoy seeing "old friends" from previous years, and meeting new bloggers who are trying Holidailies out for the first time.
The other night I read an entry about someone who had gone to see The Nutcracker at the local ballet and how much she had enjoyed it.
The Nutcracker is the story of a huge part of our family history.
In 1977, the guy who was in charge of such events in town decided that to give the kids who were going to be on vacation in December something to do, he would put on a Children's Nutcracker.
He put out a call for kids interested in being a part and said
anybody who auditioned would be cast. The only requirement is that you had to be
between 5 and 12 years of age. David just made it in under the wire. Some kids
would have featured roles. Some would have speaking parts. Most would just be in
groups on the stage.
At the end of the performance, the whole cast lined up on stage for a triumphant bow. A Davis tradition was born.
The whole thing went so well that the town parents clamored for a repeat the following year. This year is the 42nd anniversary of The Davis Children�s Nutcracker.
Things have changed significantly in 42 years. The show is so popular that you have to join a lottery to see if you get in. Now the limit for cast is 250 kids and more than that many want to be involved.
Our kids were in the show for several years, then went on to work as directors and technicians. Ned actually worked with his friend on tech for Nutcracker for a couple of decades.
So I always smile when I read about people seeing Nutcracker for the first time, since it has been such a huge part of our lives for decades. When Jeri and Phil sents out engagement announcements, they used a photo sitting inside the plum that they had built for that year's production.
The David Children's Nutcracker has very little
resemblance to what Tchaikovsky wrote in 1892. With 250 in the cast they
had to invent new groups of dancers, which now include dolls, teddy bears, cats,
frogs, Hawaiian dancers, pirates and others. But it's great fun, the kids
have something to do on vacation and the parents get to bring grandma and
grandpa to see the little darlings performing.
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