Growing up, every year I would get dressed up and eagerly await for my aunt who would pick me up for our yearly trip to the Nutcracker Ballet presented by Ballet Austin. I loved the age-old story and the way it was brought to life on stage by the dancers. After a few years when we went I noticed some of my favorite parts were replaced by new ways of telling the story…I must admit I did like the old way better perhaps because It’s what I had known and grown attached too…I’m still not quite sure, but we quit going when I became a teenager, perhaps because I had much better things to do than go see a ballet…right? Anyways years went by and I so wanted to go back and see the Nutcracker again…and I kept hearing about the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker and knew that this was supposed to be the best Nutcracker out there…so I was dying to see it. moscow-ballet-nutrcraker Well many years later, with life getting the best of me for most of them, I still hadn’t seen the Nutcracker again…that is until this year! That’s right, this past weekend I got to finally see the Moscow Ballet perform the Great Russian Nutcracker! The spot wasn’t bad either…If you’re going to see the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker the Majestic Theater in San Antonio is the place to see it…stunning theater! My husband and I got all dressed up (after asking a friend if people still dress up to the Nutcracker) and were both very excited to finally see it. We arrived at the venue early and anxiously waited in the cold to get in and see where our seats were. ROW 11 CENTER R ORCHESTRA! I was so stoked! But a little disappointed at the people…jeans…really? A few looked nice but for the most part, it really didn’t seem like a big special to-do like it used to. As we waited for it to begin, I wondered if I’d feel the same way…if I wouldn’t like it if it wasn’t the same as the one I grew up with… The lights dim… It’s finally time for it to start! The curtains open into the uncle’s workshop as he’s finishing up the dolls for the Christmas festivities and gifts…and doesn’t forget to snag his nieces special gift… The company of almost 40 dancers performs in over 75 North American cities annually. You can really feel the spirit of the season at the Great Russian Nutcracker through the romanticly stunning costumes and beautifully artistic, hand painted looking backdrops that are splashed with highlights of Russian history. Just a few of the creative effects include life-sized Matrushka Dolls; 3-headed Rat King and authentic Troika Sleigh escorted by Father Christmas and Snow Maiden through the magic Snow Forest. 11 - Waltz of the Flowers img_8413 troika-sleigh----shatkovskaya-and-tkachenko While this wasn’t the ballet I grew up with it was beautifully done. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute and couldn’t wait to see what popped out next. I especially loved that they include local children in the ballet, it gives it that little something extra special. From the backdrops to the costumes to the dances, everything was on point and beautifully executed. There were a few giggles as the Russin Bear really loved his applause…Here is a bit from the Snow Forest scene: I know every year they change it up…I’ve read reviews in the past and seen where they had a few elements that I loved as a child…This makes me want to go back year after year just to see the story unfold over and over again and still never really know what’s coming next.