Nora has a very good friend whose father is the musical director (I’m not sure that is the precise title) who allowed us to sit in the orchestra pit for the Eugene Ballet Company production of The Nutcracker. I’ve never seen a show from this angle and it was absolutely fantastic. Ear plugs were necessary, and watching the coordination of the musicians and the stage people as done by the conductor was incredible. Some photos below:

Looking up at the stage at the start of Act 2

This harpist’s harp was purchased in Italy 40 years ago (!). She was lovely to talk with and watching her hand and feet coordinate while playing was amazing.

Near the beginning of the show.