Saturday, December 20, 2003

The Nutcracker? Sweet!

Well, I saw The Nutcracker for the first time last night at the Hummingbird Centre performed by the National Ballet of Canada.

It's a tradition to have local celebrities play bit roles in The Nutcracker and James Kudelka's version is no exception. Last night the two cannon dolls -- they stand on either side of a cannon that is wheeled out and fires confetti and streamers into the first few rows -- were The Globe and Mail Review editor Elizabeth Renzetti and her husband reporter Doug Saunders.

Ms. Renzetti's performance, as the stoic cannon doll, was passable, if a bit bland. It was her husband who stole the cameo as the nervous cannon doll. He chewed the scenery like a real pro, ripping into it with his incisors and then chomping on it with his molars until it became indiscernible sludge. He rolled around on the floor silently screeching in staged stage fright. Pure brill. I will never read his weekend column the same way again.

A friend of mine suggested recently that it would be much more entertaining if they actually shot these pseudo-celebs out of the cannon in lieu of streamers. Tsk, tsk... How out of keeping with the spirit of the season...


This week in blogging news: The Guardian has announced the winners of their second annual British Blog Awards. Of particular interest: The Diary of Samuel Pepys, a project to put the entirety of Pepys famous 17th Century diary online over the next 10 years.

Halliburton: For all your reconstruction needs. (Thanks Marci S.)

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