Thursday, September 28, 2006
The ‘bear’ and the Nutcracker
We’ve been rehearsing for The Nutcracker at Binky’s dance school in Oxford since August now. After five years of The Nutcracker, I feel like I could dance some of the roles myself. (If you know me at all, you’re rolling around laughing at that!)
This year, the Binkster has three parts — a candy cane, one of Clara’s attendants and a party girl. I wasn’t sure that she’d get the part of party girl this year and she would have been devastated! I think I was more thrilled than she was — she kept saying “I told you!”
I kept thinking, “Whew! I didn’t think you had enough ballet!”
This year will also be special in even more ways — my oldest brother will be participating!
Dennis is three years younger than I am and approximately a foot taller. He’s heavyset and has a gray beard — and he’s perfect for the role of Uncle Drosselmeyer!
While he was in the Navy, on a destroyer, he wanted to be one of those flight deck guys who wave the jets around with lighted batons — he “flunked” out of that for being too dramatic and confusing the pilots. For Drosselmeyer, he can be as dramatic as his heart desires!
I’m really anticipating his first ballet rehearsal in a couple weeks. (Since he lives in Memphis, Drew, the choreagrapher, has graciously agreed to let him attend rehearsals around his schedule.)
Dennis is a confirmed bachelor and one of the things he enjoys most is coming to Oxford when Ole Miss starts back every fall. Girls are everywhere! So he’s already sure he’s gonna be happy.
My brother is a strange kind of guy anyway. He’s tall and threatening-looking, loud and not the least bit concerned if you like him or not. Unless you’re a pretty girl!
He’s also dearly loved by both my granddaughters, who are convinced that he exists only to play with them and cater to them. Which he does without fail!
When the girls’ mom was young, he took her to the Orpheum to see a magician for her birthday one year. Over the years, he’s taken Dana and her brother many places (car shows were a particular favorite of the guys).
But attending the ballet with his ballerina great-niece has turned this unlikely “bear” into a fan. He now is a season ticket holder to Memphis Ballet and goes with us every year to see the Russian performance of The Nutcracker, along with the Memphis performance at the Orpheum.
I cannot wait to see my six foot, 3/4-inch brother and his two-foot-tall niece “dancing” in The Nutcracker together.
I can guarantee there will be pictures!
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