I have been putting my crafty talents to a different use this past weekend. Since Hailey has be be driven to & from PNB for all the performances, I decided to volunteer backstage helping the kids get ready. It is LOTS of fun and I am learning new skills.
I have never worn make-up. Ever. I don't know the first thing about it which is probably why I have never worn it. I am learning how to apply foundation, eye-liner, eye shadow, lipstick and how to make rosy cheeks. I don't think I will be adopting this stage make-up look anytime soon!
The costumes for the PNB Nutcracker are spectacular. The costumes, as well as the sets, were designed by Maurice Sendak. There are 190 costumes that include over 700 pieces. Keeping track of this is a definitely an organizational challenge! Each child is responsible for putting on their costume by themself and then returning it to the dressers when they are done. Some of these costumes are pretty tricky but the kids have it figured out.
There are nearly 200 PNB School students in Nutcracker (two main casts) and they share costumes. Between every performance, the tights, gloves and underarm pads are laundered to be ready for the next show. There are often 2 performances/day.
Here are some of my favorite costumes (Commedia) awaiting dancers...
Opening Night was simply magical! If you live in Seattle, PNBs Nutcracker is a great holiday tradition.