Last night visions of sugar plums were quite literally dancing in my head…all. night. long. A romantic theory, yes, when wedged into the poetic syntax of a classic Christmas rhyme, but stuck between my ears, ringing bells from dusk to dawn? A little less waiting-up-for-Santa, a little more pacing-my-kitchen-at-3am-annoyed-and-humming-Tchaikovsky. Yeah. No thanks.
Despite my complaints and last night’s lack of sleep, I am fully willing to take on all of the stress Nutcracker season throws my way this year, because for the first time ever, I am learning the role of Sugar Plum Fairy(!!!) and realizing that dream is totally worth 2 months of insomnia.*
The first time I saw FBP’s Nutcracker (I think I was 2?), I immediately knew I wanted to be up on that stage. Dream role at the time: Angel, of course. When my shuffling feet finally hit the PPAC marley beneath that floating blue hoop skirt at age 8, I was irrevocably hooked. As the years passed, I set my sights higher and higher, devouring each role that came my way, from Mouse, to Clara, to the unforgettable year I joined the corps in the Waltz of the Flowers and my favorite scene, Snow. Sugar Plum has always been a lofty goal, but never something I expected to actually have the opportunity to do. It is such an iconic role, being able to rehearse it so early on in my career feels like a fantasy. Shocked, ecstatic, grateful, intimidated…it’s hard to put my current emotions into words. If all of that wasn’t enough, I get to dance it with my favorite partner, who also happens to be one of my best friends! Incredible!
So bring it on, sleepless nights and dancing sugar plums. I’m ready for you.
*If this really is just a dream, please nobody pinch me.