- The Washington Times - Friday, December 1, 2006

By Julia Park, age 7

Oakland Terrace Elementary School, Silver Spring

Thanksgiving weekend, I went to see Joffrey Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” with my older cousin, her friend and my little 4-year-old brother, Ethan. Ethan got a little scared.

The performance was nice and very loud. It was at the Opera House in the Kennedy Center. I had never been to the Kennedy Center. The Kennedy Center was cool because candy was sold there and the escalators were very long.

The ballet was about a girl named Clara who got a nutcracker for Christmas. Her brother, Fritz, got jealous and took the nutcracker away from Clara. They began to fight over it, and Fritz grabbed it so hard that the doll broke. The toy maker, who had given Clara the nutcracker, fixed it.

Then, Clara fell asleep and had a dream. In the dream, the toys came alive and fought the mice. My favorite part was seeing the mice riding on their horses; that was definitely very cool. The fight ended when Clara killed the Rat King. Clara felt very proud and happy that she had killed the evil Rat King. Also, in Clara’s dream, there were people dancing in the snowy wonderland.

The dancers were beautiful. The costumes were from the past (Victorian style). Some dancers even dressed up as snowflakes and flowers. There also were lots of singing and dancing children. I’ve never seen someone dressed like the dancers.

Joffrey Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” is great for both children and adults. Families should go see it.

And that is my review about “The Nutcracker.” I love ballet.

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