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Reader's view: 'Nutcracker' provides unforgettable experience

There were moments of anticipation: orchestral members rushing to their posts minutes before the opening curtain, children and adults in the lobby fussing with their coats before taking their seats, friends and neighbors greeting one another sayi...

There were moments of anticipation: orchestral members rushing to their posts minutes before the opening curtain, children and adults in the lobby fussing with their coats before taking their seats, friends and neighbors greeting one another saying, "I loved your card this year! What a great photograph!" And as we all settled in to the DECC Symphony Hall to see the "Nutcracker" by the Minnesota Ballet we all felt something good was about to happen before our very eyes.

These were moments of awe giving way to applause. There were costumes like you see on Broadway in New York City, dancing like you see at the Schubert in Chicago and choreography like you see in Los Angeles and Disney on Ice. And the set! It really looked like it was snowing on stage.

There was a standing ovation for the music and performance. Each dancer was distinguished individually and in group. Each colorful act took the stage for a final bow. Those darling gingerbread cookies -- you should have seen them.

My hands were sore from clapping and my soul was delighted with a sense that Duluth, with all its challenges and drama in everyday life, had provided for me (and others) an unforgettable holiday moment. Walking in the skywalk back to my car parked on Superior Street I thought to myself, "Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God." Indeed, we need more of that.

Jeff Monaghan

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