13 Gateway students, 2 parent chaperones and 1 teacher attended a morning performance of "The Nutcracker" ballet at Miller Auditorium on the campus of Western Michigan University. For many students, this was a brand new experience, check out some of their responses below...
"I went to Miller Auditorium on December 7th to see "The Nutcracker" with 13 other students and 2 student's parents and Mrs. Walker. We got there an hour early, but it didn't matter because it was worth it. The props were great, the dancing was the beautiful, the music was incredible, and the story line kept me in. I was fixated on how real the giant Nutcracker doll was because I saw "The Nutcracker" quite a few years ago and Nutcracker didn't have the Nutcracker head. They also added comedy and had all the kids laughing. It was a great performance and I would personally enjoy seeing it again!"
"Today I went to Miller Auditorium with my class to watch "The Nutcracker". First of all, I was very impressed with the auditorium, it was a really neat experience just to see the auditorium that I've heard many good things about. I've also never watched a ballet before, so that to was interesting and a first as well. At first I wasn't sure what to think besides what I've heard about it, that it can cost a lot to watch and there is no speaking or singing. To me, it started off relatively slow and I was getting a little tired from the soft music and dark lights. After five or so minutes it started to fascinate me, I began to understand a little bit of the meaning and the idea of what hard work the dancers put into something, you must have to practice just like anything else, but this seemed to take a raw talent that I know I couldn't do without lots of practice and dedication. Also, the memorization you had to have for the play to work must have took even longer. The frustration probably happened several times of starting over, but the satisfaction of what it felt like after everyone had done it right was most likely a rare feeling. I enjoyed the play and would not be hesitant to go to another one."
"Today we went to see "The Nutcracker" as an opportunity to get away from the school environment and do something new. I honestly really enjoy doing events like this because it gives us students the chance to learn something new and appreciate the hard work and effort that people put into the things they love. I know personally how hard it is to dance and how much you really have to put into your work to honestly make everything come together. So if I could make the decision to do these types of things more often, I definitely would!"