Sunday December 5, 2010 / 3:00pmThe Nutcracker
How was your experience?
I attended the daytime performance. The Grove of Anaheim seating was advertised as tiered seating which it was not. It was flat seating sections (chairs set-up that are not usually there) and you had to view the stage over someone's head. It was disappointing as far as trying to see the stage and the performance. Many stood up on the side to see and I asked for my money back at half time. The general manager moved me to the side of the second tier where noone was seated. I could finally see the stage. The performance itself was also disappointing. The stage was way too small for any intricate or technically difficult choreograpy. The talent comes from the ballet school and is not professional. Only two or three of the female dancers looked ready to turn pro (the choreography was not technically that hard). The male dancers also were a mixed bag. The female dancers outdanced and by far were technically more talented. The choreography merely used the male dancers to do the lifts. The choreography as a whole was not inspiring. I would not go again to see this nutcracker. I know that the Anaheim ballet school is headed by two very talented and exprienced dancers and the school itself "graduates" many students that go on to be professional in professional ballet companies. Judging from this nutcracker, you would not know it.