You know what the Pacific Northwest Ballet does ON STAGE – enchanting audiences of all ages with dozens of Nutcracker performances during the holiday season – but let me tell you about the magic happening BACKSTAGE!
It’s a dizzying parade of pirouettes and pom poms! For eight Christmases in a row, cast members have been knitting hats for patients at Seattle Children’s. These mini-mice and toy soldiers could be playing games or texting their pals, but instead, they use their free time to make gifts for other kids they’ve never met.
The knitting of hats is a really a relay race of love. When it’s time for one dancer to perform in the show, another dancer dashes behind the curtain to continue the work.
Just as the Nutcracker is enjoyed by people of all ages, so are the hats, which will be given to babies and teens alike. The hand-knit hats come in every color of the rainbow and complete with pom poms of course! Each one is placed in a gift box and accompanied by a personal note from the hat maker.
Seattle Children’s can expect a special delivery after the last performance of the Nutcracker – today – so those hats will soon be warming heads and hearts.
Hats off to the talented, caring cast of the 2018 Nutcracker Ballet!
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