I dunno, sure it's great, but I prefer to perform things rather than watch them. I guess in some ways I'm more of a "doer" than a "seer". I especially like the bit either just before or just after the opening night where everyone's going "Oh ****, I'm so nervous, I'm gonna screw up in front of everyone and the director's gonna <I>kill</I> me!", or "Oh ****, did anyone see?" as the case may be. One case of this is where I (as the Nutcracker) left some felt circles that were glued to my cheeks to signify my doll-hood/lack of doll-hood on stage. Of course not a single person I talked to noticed them, and the Snow Queen kicked 'em off just as she took her last exit. Wow... I guess that was slightly rambling, and slightly off-topic... Oh well, I know you all loved it anyway
<BR>Anyway, The Nutcracker is fine as ballets go, and different from the other classics (lovers, curse, etc., etc.), but it doesn't give me any chance to show off like the arrogant jerk I am until I can do the Cavalier bit. At least not in my company's version, which all four choreographers are loath to change. The other thing is, what with the slightly stagnant choreography, it gets a little annoying doing it year after year. Especially Fritz... it seems kind of silly to have the "young brat" part filled by a fourteen year-old more physically and mentally suited for the danseur noble part. Of course I do that too... there's no shortage of parts for a guy in my company.