The last performance of Robert Joffrey's The Nutcracker is today (next year the company will welcome a new version of this holiday classic by choreographer Christopher Wheeldon). It will be a bittersweet performance for the many who have loved this production. I will be dancing the same roles in Party, Snow and Flowers that I did on opening night my first year in the company.
The end of a Nutcacker run is always hard. We are physically, mentally, and emotionally drained. Sometimes it's all I can do to keep my feet relatively pointed before stumbling off stage and limping around the wing before my next entrance. The audience helps, friend's encouraging glances help, and so do the party scene's increasingly unhinged shenanigans. There's something about the final show, in this case the last one ever, that makes me stop and remember to savor and enjoy every minute. I think we all will be savoring every minute today as we give the remaining ounces of our energy and love to this production.