I have not been blogging lately as I have been unusually busy with art shows and rehearsals. Yes REHEARSALS! I am making my stage debut in the Nutcracker with the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet's performance this weekend. I have never had any desire to perform. I don't even like going to my own art openings, but when I was asked if I wanted to be in the Nutcracker I decided to give it a shot.
Last night was the first dress rehearsal and I have to admit I had a great time getting dressed up with fake braids, eye liner and my tiara! As you can imagine at 77 I am not a key figure in this production, in fact my part is completely superfluous and largely decorative, but I do a few steps here and there. I had no idea how difficult even that would be and was in a panic the first few rehearsals, because I had no idea when to begin or what exactly to do and it has to be done exactly at the right time of course. Things are a bit better now but I could still make a perfect ass of myself at any moment which keeps me on my toes, so to speak. Luckily with all the young talented people on the stage no-one is really looking at me which is a comfort. Here I am trying to look like the Russian Princess I am playing.
If you love the Nutcracker as I do, this performance will certainly bring you to tears as the children are adorable, the teenagers deliciously skilled and the stars thrilling to watch...and who knows you could see me make a fool of myself.