By Laila Bárcenas Meade
When they told me I would do the Nutcracker again this year, I didn’t imagine the applause, the lights focused only on me or the “awwww’s” of the audience. I imagined a completely different version; I remembered the long hours of practice; the all-round tiredness. I felt the sore muscles every morning and the nervousness I felt in the months before the show.
Fri & Sat, Dec 13 and 14, 6pm
Teatro Ángela Peralta
When you go to see a show you are so involved in what you see that you forget the performers are nervous. Maybe that trick so wonderful is the one they stay up at night dreading. You forget that people spent months or even years preparing for two performances.
But in the end it’s worth it. After the show all the shouting of the artists saying, “We did it!” With your family and friends; hugs, with bouquets of flowers, the public just applauds you. It’s something you could get used to.
You have to remember between the hours of practice when we all soaked ourselves with water… just because. You have to remember the girl who had to perform the show on the day of her birthday, her cake with the poster image of The Nutcracker. Don’t forget that once someone pretended to throw you from the stage to stop you thinking about all the people there to watch you. Remember how you danced to distract yourself, and how other people joined you. Remember all those worthwhile times.
But still, the question is there… Am I going to do it? Because there is the possibility of falling, of mixing up your feet, that my suit gets stuck or you simply forget to go out on stage at the right beat. So many things… it doesn’t help it’s Friday the 13th.
But then again… we did it once and we can do it again. But not just repeating it… shining as we do it, selling out all the tickets, and who cares, making people sell them twice their price on the street again! We were good the first time, this time we can be perfect. And our beautiful coordinator/director/all-we-need-her-to-be Ana Cecilia Corona will not let us fail. And if you want to come see us not fail we will perform extraordinarily December 13 and 14 in the Ángela Peralta! If my skirt doesn’t get stuck on the trapeze, of course.