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I am looking for a suitable Nutcracker DVD for the kids in
preparation for the the Nutcracker ballet we plan to go to this
holiday season. I don't want anything too scary--one of my
kids is only 3. Does anyone have any suggestions?
The NYCB's Nutcracker! As good a rendering of Balanchine's Nutcracker
as you'll get on DVD. Has a subtle, unintrusive narration by Kevin
Kline. My 5-year-old has been dancing (and marching) along to it since
he was 2.
Definitely avoid the Royal Ballet's version from Covent Garden -
loooooooooooong and boooooooooooooring.
Sorry I didn't see original post, so this recommendation is tardy, but my
all-time favorite is the Maurice Sendak production which the Seattle Ballet
produced on DVD several years ago. I assume you can still pick it up
through Seattle Ballet's website or eBay or something like that. Little kids
(and big ones) love the costumes---their exaggerated style draws kids into
the story much more than the traditional productions. It was/is an
Point your Web browser to http://www.aclibrary.org/index2.html and run a
search on "Nutcracker." You will find several hits. You can request holds on
books, videos, etc and the library system will call you when it is in. Our
family uses this library system a lot and we love it!
You will probably find copies of Nutcracker videos at your local video
A cursory search of familywonder.com yielded about 10 hits for the
nutcracker and many more with reviews at amazon.com.
We prefer the classic interpretation by the Bolshoi Ballet, or, if your
children are old enough to cope with a somewhat scarier Mouse King, the
Seattle Ballet's version with sets by Maurice Sendak is quite
intriguing. Neither one is Disney-ized!
I'm pretty sure that there is a nutcracker video starring Mikhail
could probably look it up at Amazon.com or some other web seller to find
Does anyone know where I can purchase Christmas stockings...? I'm looking
for something a bit more festive than just a plain red stocking. Thanks so
I have seen lovely stockings, not too hideously expensive, in both the
Lands' End and L.L. Bean catalogs. I think Lillian Vernon also offers a
for christmas stockings, check the global exchange on russell and college. we
got some there last year, beautifully hand embroidered.
We bought ours at KMartand Target and are very happy with them. The one from
KMart is bright red with a lot of bead work depicting a christmas tree and
presents all around.
Our Target stocking is a little more rustic - but still very nice with a
pretty picture of Santa and features ribbons.
I happened to see some nice ones today at the Marshall's on Marina in
San Leandro. Very pretty, rich fabrics, $10 ea.
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