Logging in this evening from Toronto where we saw the 1 pm performance today of the Nutcracker (Hirano as Peter/Nutcracker, Minagawa subbing as SPF, Ogden as Snow Queen, and did anyone who might have been there catch who the Bee was?). The production itself was lovely and very enjoyable (aside from the whining, kicking 2-year-old behind me who had no business whatsoever being at a ballet performance!
) The storyline could be a tad more cohesive, particularly the ending, and I'm not sure I agree with the choreographic choices made on the SPF and Nutcracker pas/variations, but, coming from a medium-sized American city, I very much appreciated the big city production values and quality of the dancing.
I must second, though, that NBoC does have a ways to go on the ticket purchase experience. I didn't even attempt an online order for this one. I called the box office at the end of November and asked for the tickets to be mailed to a local Toronto address (of our hosts for the visit). They never arrived. By the time we realized this, late last week, the box office was closed for the holidays and did not reopen til Dec. 27 at 10 am. I called at 10:02, and spend 15 minutes on hold, waiting for a sales rep. When I did get one, she was very nice, but could not tell me where our tickets had gone to. They were reprinted, for pickup today, but that meant we had to go there earlier than planned to fetch them. But even that worked out fine, because the kids got to see the preshow Storytime which was VERY entertaining and well done.
Now it's a month's wait to see NBoC when they come to Cleveland, Ohio (not our home city, by the way). Those tickets I recently ordered online through the Cleveland theater, so we'll see what happens! It's a Firebird and Four Seasons double bill. Can't wait to see it. Just hope the 2-year-old isn't there again!!