Guest Post – Crackmacs

Every parent lives for the moment when their child gasps in absolute wonder. Thanks to the Alberta Ballet, I was given that incredible gift over and over as we took in the 50th anniversary of the Nutcracker for the first time.


The Rehearsal

We were invited to attend the dress rehearsal to take photographs and take in the magic behind the scenes. Mini, our daughter, and I only watched the first half as we had tickets to attend the opening night performance. We wanted to leave the second half as a surprise and we are SO glad that we did!


A dress rehearsal is a chance to work the kinks out and fix any technical issues. I chose to sit beside the folks from the Alberta Ballet who were in charge of stopping the performance when something needed to be addressed. I could hear every word and found it a fascinating experience. There were questions about how fast the snow was falling or the stoppage to cue mice into the correctly timed position (the CUTEST mice ever I might add!). It gave me a whole new appreciation for the performance that I saw in the evening.

Made Foods Pop Up Restaurant

Before the opening night performance Mini and I were delighted to dine at the Made Foods pop up restaurant lead by Chef Andrea Harling. Made is a locally born business that is known for its strong connection to Calgary. Chef Harling is passionate about sourcing the restaurant’s ingredients from the best local farmers and suppliers and preparing every dish with love.

With the added knowledge and experience of Chef Harling, formally of Brava Bistro, Made works with the best people in the community to make healthy, sustainable, delicious food that Alberta Ballet is proud to share with you.

This dining experience is held before each performance of The Nutcracker during its Calgary run. A banquet style setting in a beautifully decorated winter wonderland greeted us. There was traditional roast beef dinner items with a yummy twist, and a well-stocked dessert table that distracted all the kids and most of the parents! Not me though – I was firmly settled in front of the Yorkshire puddings. Mini disagreed and proclaimed that the chocolate covered almonds and kettle corn were the best things ever.

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Nutcracker Pop Up Restaurant Tickets
While you wait, tour the lobby playing in Klara’s Closet, brows the boutique by Castle Toys, and get a picture taken at the official photo booth. Mini hates having her picture taken but she smiled and did it for this one, as my Christmas gift. I’ll take it!Crackmacs Crackmacs Twitter2

On With The Show!

The official performance of The Nutcracker was the most beautiful thing we have ever seen. We are so glad we only saw the first half of the dress rehearsal because the second half is the stuff dreams are made of. The costumes were stunning and the dancing was breathtaking, as evident by the comments and audible gasps from the audience, many from Mini and I.

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We left with dreams of sugar plums in our heads as we clumsily pirouetted our way home. Don’t miss out on this awe-inspiring 50th anniversary of The Nutcracker by the Alberta Ballet. The show runs December 16 – 24, 2016 at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.

Purchase your tickets here!