Then I spotted The Nutcracker on Horseback at Noble Horse Theatre running through January 9th. I'd gotten mailings about their productions for years, but we'd never checked them out. When we first opened the castle like wooden doors to the historic riding hall, built in 1872 and renovated in 2001, I felt like we were transported to turn of the century England. They had two wood burning stoves stoked with roaring fires, and costumed characters to show us to our seats. Inside, the English Tudor architecture, painted shields and European flags lining the performance space added to the illusion.
Originally titled "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King," this short story was written in 1816. The Nutcracker was performed throughout Europe on horseback in the 18th century. The Noble Horse is the only theatre in North America to perform the historic version of "The Nutcracker" on horseback. If you want to see acrobatics on horseback, a dancing Lipizzaner, and a horse and rider jumping through a burning ring of fire, you're in the right place.
The kids recognized one of the acts from our summer fun at Bristol Renaissance Faire, in spite of the trainer's more demure, holiday attire, this time around.
their website for more info and upcoming shows.
We made a whole day of it, with dinner at nearby R.J. Grunts, the first Lettuce Entertain You restaurant. My Dad was excited to order the temperature soup, which they sell you for the daily temp. He got it for 10 cents!
and power walked past the ice carvers