I recently shared about my love for The Nutcracker and how it all began at BalletMet here in Columbus, Ohio. So when I was invited to attend the premiere of the new full-length documentary “Finding Clara”, I was beyond excited and honored.
Produced by Justice Studios, “Finding Clara” is a wonderful behind-the-scenes look at the journey of 4 BalletMet “Claras” as they go from auditions, to the moment they find out they have won the role, to months of challenging rehearsals to that magical moments they first step on the stage. It not only documents how they each “find their own Clara”, but as BalletMet Artistic Director Edwaard Liang said at the premiere, it’s a story of how they find themselves as well.
Having been in BalletMet’s Nutcracker several times as a child, I was still blown away by this production. Elevate Pictures did a wonderful job really depicting the full journey these girls take; and the young ladies- the Claras (Molly, Lauren, Alaina and Isabelle)- so poised! During the Q&A Isabelle mentioned that she is now living/studying at the School of American Ballet in New York City. My 12 year old was super impressed with this; and saw this as a young woman really going after her dream.
I also have to say, I got choked up a few times as I watched Daryl Kamer on the screen; as I can remember being in class with her myself. What a wonderful legacy she has created of not only the love of dance but of the Nutcracker in Columbus.
Now that opening night for the 2018 BalletMet shows are just around the corner (Dec 7 -23 at the Ohio Theatre), you can get in the mood by seeing the behind-the-scenes action before the curtain goes up. You can now own or rent Finding Clara from amazon or iTunes. OR….
How about winning this great Giveaway package from Justice! 1 lucky winner will receive:
- a Finding Clara Blu Ray
- a Finding Clara poster
- Justice headband
- Justice locket
- Nutcracker ornament
- Comment below with one of your Nutcracker Memories
- Additional entry on Instagram here
Giveaway ends on December 7 at 10 pm, must be 18 to enter. Contest not sponsored by Instagram.
Thanks to Justice for inviting my daughter and I to the premier and for providing this gift box to giveaway. All opinions and memories are my own.