Twas the night before Christmas for the last time yesterday evening at the Koch Theater as the New York City Ballet wrapped its annual Nutcracker production for the year. After 49 shows—beginning the day after Thanksgiving—dancers were thrilled to cut off yellow and blue pointe shoe ribbons, peel off fake mustaches, and wipe off big red circles of doll blush for the very last time. Enthusiasm ran high, as demonstrated in the photo above by Mary Liz Sell letting her hair down post-show in the dressing room! I captured some last-day backstage moments before I too packed out my theater case and attempted to outdo Mary Poppins by stuffing as much as I could into my locker. Many of the younger dancers in the company danced in every single show and I congratulate them all on a job well done!
Gwyneth Muller, as Frau Stahlbaum, finally makes peace with the mouse invasion which besieges her living room in the Act I Battle Scene.
By the last day even stressful quick changes are super casual. Bailey Jones and hairdresser/wigmaker Suzy Alvarez find time to joke during Bailey’s fast metamorphosis from Party Scene Grandmother into Snowflake.