This time of year, little girls, young women, and few good men all over the country dance in The Nutcracker, a beloved, traditional holiday ballet that tells the tale of a young girl's magical visit to a dreamy Land of Sweets. There, she encounters fabulous characters from all over the world while rescuing the Nutcracker Prince from the evil Rat Queen and being blessed by the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy.
One of the most delightful parts of the ballet is the appearance of Mother Ginger and the Bon Bons in Act Two. Mother Ginger and the bon bon children perform what is known in ballet terms as a "divertissement", quite literally (in French) a distraction from the more serious roles in the ballet. The role of Mother Ginger is traditionally played by a man, in part because Mother Ginger's costume requires a very, very large dress, which can weigh up to 100 pounds. All of the little bon bons hide under their mother's skirt and come spilling out at the beginning of their dance. The hilarity of Mother Ginger and the cute-factor of the bon bons provide the audience with a well-intended light-hearted giggle.
In any theatrical production, it is tradition to give gifts to one's fellow cast members on Opening Night. A couple of years ago, one clever stage mother treated her daughter's fellow bon bon dancers with an opening night gift of, you guessed it, bon bons. Each dancer received a Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Fudge Brownie Bon Bon (kid friendly flavors!) wrapped in an adorable custom-created ballerina box. From all reports, bon bons for the Bon Bons were a huge success! In fact, she ordered them again the following year.
We love hearing our customers' stories and being a part of your celebrations! We were so pleased when our favorite stage mother sent us this photo of her daughter with the other bon bon dancers, and we wanted to share it with you. If you are a part of something like this, please share your bon bon stories with us.