Nutcracker Backstage: The Story and the Magic

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This inside look at the The Nutcracker combines both the story and insights into the performance, creating a rich complement to the classic ballet. Abundant illustrations and elaborate explanations of each character, from the Nutcracker Prince to Mother Ginger, provides an invaluable supplement to the ballet experience. The story behind Tchaikovsky's famous score and the elements of a quality performance are explained. The trials of auditioning and training are chronicled with the testimony of professional ...

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Overview

This inside look at the The Nutcracker combines both the story and insights into the performance, creating a rich complement to the classic ballet. Abundant illustrations and elaborate explanations of each character, from the Nutcracker Prince to Mother Ginger, provides an invaluable supplement to the ballet experience. The story behind Tchaikovsky's famous score and the elements of a quality performance are explained. The trials of auditioning and training are chronicled with the testimony of professional dancers, artistic directors, and choreographers who have been part of successful productions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871272645
  • Publisher: Princeton Book Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Pages: 104
  • Product dimensions: 9.56 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Angela Whitehill is a former professional ballet dancer with the Ballet de Paris in France and has served as artistic director, ballet mistress, costume designer, dance counselor, and lecturer in various productions of The Nutcracker. William Noble is the author of Bookbanning in America and is a Vermont Humanities Scholar. They are the authors of The Dancer's Book of Ballet and The Parents Book of Ballet. They both live in Island Heights, New Jersey.

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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    backstage view of ballet production

    The authors of 'A Parents Guide to Ballet' focus on Tchaikovsky's timeless ballet the 'Nutcracker' which has delighted generations of children and parents. This book is for both children and parents about what goes into putting on a rewarding performance of the 'Nutcracker.' In this, it familiarizes children with auditions, costuming, professional and volunteer production staff, and staging if they should be interested in becoming involved in ballet. The mostly inherent, but occasionally explicit guidance for parents is how they can help children become involved. Bright color photos capture dramatic and colorful scenes from the play; while others equally as bright capture the varied behind-the-scenes activities. Tchaikovsky's music is briefly discussed to round out this introduction to the ballet.

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