On Nov. 30, the curtain will rise on Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 30th anniversary production of “Nutcracker,” designed by Maurice Sendak and choreographed by Kent Stowell back in 1983. It’s a production full of children — and those mice, soldiers and servants of the original cast are now approaching middle age, and possibly looking back fondly at their “Nutcracker” stint.
So in early November, we asked our readers to look back, too, and tell us about their fondest childhood memories of ballet, whether it be as participant or observer, “Nutcracker” or pre-school recital, PNB or neighborhood community center, first tutu or first beginner class.
It was a contest (which closed Nov. 20) and there was a prize: The reader who sent us the most delightful memory in words or a picture (as determined by Seattle Times staffers), received four tickets to PNB’s “Nutcracker,” plus a $100 gift card for dinner at the nearby Collections Cafe at Chihuly Garden and Glass.
View all the entries below. Then click here to see the winning photo and recollection, sent to us by Tara Hook of Seattle.