Nutcracker Gems

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© Deborah Downes
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A few days after I left Italy to return to my home in Dallas for the holidays, I had the great pleasure of watching my granddaughters, Sasha (10) and Ashlyn (6) perform in a major production of the Nutcracker put on by the highly acclaimed Chamberlain School of Performing Arts. Sasha and Ashlyn take ballet lessons at that wonderful school. To say the least they were thrilled to have a picture taken with Wendy Whelan (played the Sugar Plum Fairy) and Tyler Angle (played the Cavelier) Both are principle dancers with the New York City Ballet and each have a long list of credits. Sasha was among the cadets in the Nutcracker and Ashlyn one of the little angels performing with the Sugar Plum Fairy. Ashlyn led the line of angels onto the big stage at the Eisemann Center that seats 1500. She loved how before each performance Wendy told her to smile big and that's exactly what she did. She was also most happy that Wendy recognized her out of her angel costume. Sasha loves the fact Tyler is resting a hand on her shoulder. Her passion for ballet continues to grow. She longs to become a member of Chamberlain's senior ballet company. Though she's got the talent, it will take years of hard work and determination. I've no doubt, though, she can achieve what her heart desires.
Andrea, thanks so much for the nomination.

20 responses

  • Fred Downes

    Fred Downes said (29 Nov 2011):

    WhooHoo! I really wish I could have been there! I am so proud of both my little munchkins. (Love it that they are holding hands. Such good sisters.)

  • Zapata Juan P

    Zapata Juan P   gave props (29 Nov 2011):

    Nice casting ! I Thanks for sharing

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (29 Nov 2011):

    What an excellent portrait and so great of everyone..and you must be so proud of your talented and beautiful granddaughters...What a treasured image!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins   gave props (29 Nov 2011):

    fantastic portrait and a great take on the theme!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (29 Nov 2011):

    Wonderful!! Brings back old memories of sitting in the orchestra pit for The Nutcracker.

  • Kim Bullock

    Kim Bullock said (30 Nov 2011):

    Thank you so much for getting this shot of the girls, Mom. They were very excited about meeting Wendy and Tyler. Every day since Sasha has been saying she's determined to be one of the snowflakes someday and that she wishes she had ballet class four times a week instead of two. I think I better just buy a cot to put in the lobby at Chamberlain because I will be spending a LOT of time there in years to come.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (30 Nov 2011):

    This is absolutely wonderful!! What an experience it must have been for both of them. I can see the delight in their faces. I was SO happy to vote for your photo--it is outstanding!! I can't wait to hear that Sasha has been invited to join Chamberlain's senior ballet company!!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (30 Nov 2011):

    Excellent entry, what an experience, they are so cute, wonderful entry Deborah

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (30 Nov 2011):

    Irresistible, irrepressible.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (30 Nov 2011):

    what a beautiful memory this will be for them. fantastic shot!

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia said (30 Nov 2011):

    Wonderful............ story and a super entry.

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato gave props (1 Dec 2011):

    The photo is beautiful and the characters, each for his part, really sensational. Warm wishes for your grandchildren, you can take a day the place of their idols.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (1 Dec 2011):

    I love this great treasure of a portrait, Deb! What an amazing opportunity for the girls to be in this timeless classic with such accomplished dancers. No wonder Sasha is so inspired. I too have no doubt that she can meet her goals.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (1 Dec 2011):

    agree with the comment of many....Love the clarity and love the shot my dear...

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (4 Dec 2011):

    What an entry into JPG's Theme Park!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (5 Dec 2011):

    What a treasure!! I would so love to see this performed live.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (5 Dec 2011):

    A wonderful entry Deborah and good luck to Ashley I hope that her dreams come true.

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (5 Dec 2011):

    Wonderful!

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (8 Dec 2011):

    Aww, how adorable and wonderful!!! You must be so proud of them!!!!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (12 Dec 2011):

    What a treasure to look back on, and give inspiration to your granddaughters, Deb. Lovely image.

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