My star-studded turns in a low-budget, small-town production of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece
From the ages of eight to 16, I played just about every supporting role The Nutcracker had to offer. Here are a few lowlights.MOUSE
To be fair, the mouse war was, and is, one of the best scenes in the entire tour de force, and I got in on the action three separate times: once as a baby mouse, once as an adult mouse, and once as a soldier in the Nutcracker's cavalry (see below). That being said, strapping a papier-mâché mask with dime-sized eye holes to your dome and running around onstage in constant fear of slamming into your fellow rodent brethren for lack of peripheral vision — all while listening to your amplified huffing and puffing as you sweat your makeup off — ain't a glamorous walk in the park. Neither is being an actual mouse, I would imagine.
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