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Author:  BabsLights [ Sat Nov 18, 2000 6:25 am ]
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A prop guy and I were having a discussion yesterday. And we have a question:<P>How many versions of Nutcracker are there that use a remote-controled mouse?<P>

Author:  Basheva [ Sat Nov 18, 2000 6:54 am ]
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I for one, have never seen that. The mice are usually dancers - often children in mousy costumes, scurrying around - frightening old ladies like me.......right out of their pointe shoes.

Author:  Azlan [ Sat Nov 18, 2000 8:12 am ]
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I've seen a mouse outfit put over a radio-controlled toy car... The person controlling it had lots of fun... too much fun.

Author:  BabsLights [ Sat Nov 18, 2000 7:04 pm ]
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I've seen it twice so far. The most effective version was where it is the first mouse out..sorta the small size of what's to come. His eyes lit up, too!<BR>

Author:  Priscilla [ Sat Nov 18, 2000 8:23 pm ]
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If there aren't any little children mice where ARE the kids? I guess I see part of the reason the Nutcracker continues on year after year as being because of the participatory element of it - the guests, mice, and other roles community adults or children are cast in.

Author:  elmo [ Sun Nov 19, 2000 6:44 am ]
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doesnt babslights mean the first mouse only is remote controlled?

Author:  Priscilla [ Sun Nov 19, 2000 11:39 am ]
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Oh I see - the FIRST mouse. That makes more sense.

Author:  BabsLights [ Sun Nov 19, 2000 11:46 am ]
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Yes, the first mouse...before the mice become large and Clara/Marie/Maria gets small.<P>Me personally? I've always thought everything in that nightmare and the subsequent sweet dream, should appear in the first act/party scene....everything.

Author:  tyme2edit [ Mon Nov 20, 2000 8:41 am ]
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Dear Babslights, I also believe Miami City Ballet uses a remote mouse...

Author:  Basheva [ Mon Nov 20, 2000 1:16 pm ]
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My cat is totally against a remote mouse - she likes them warm and tender.......EEEKKK!!!

Author:  BabsLights [ Mon Nov 20, 2000 4:42 pm ]
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Show your cat one of those 6 foot Balachine mice. That'll cure that taste.<P><BR>Tyme2edit, I don't recall a mechanical mouse there....That's cool. A mouse AND a magic bed...who could ask for more thrills! And spills!<P>I know pittsburgh has a jet mouse. And last year he was upgraded to all weather radials...he moves!

Author:  Azlan [ Sun Nov 24, 2002 7:05 pm ]
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It's getting to be that time of the year again...

Author:  djb [ Sun Nov 24, 2002 7:49 pm ]
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BabsLights said (a couple of years ago):

Quote:
I've always thought everything in that nightmare and the subsequent sweet dream, should appear in the first act/party scene....everything.
That's what I like about the Peninsula Ballet Theatre's* production (chor. Carlos Carvajal). At one point in the party scene, the maid runs in, frightened, because she's spotted a mouse. Fritz organizes leads a posse offstage, returns holding a dead mouse by the tail, and chases the girls with it.

*That's the peninsula south of San Francisco.

<small>[ 11-24-2002, 20:50: Message edited by: djb ]</small>

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