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Submitted by Comments:
Name: Jean Suwalski
From: Wexford, PA
E-mail: Contact
I took my 10 year old daughter to The Nutcracker on Sunday 12-17-05 at the
4:30 show along with my 19 year old daughter. I had no idea that there was
not going to be an orchestra. If I was informed about it when I called to
order tickets I would of rather have skipped it this year because it just
wasn't the same. There was a big differance in the sound and my daughter's
always enjoyed peeking into the pit to see the orchestra. The orchestra
was always a good insperation to my daughter's since they too play an
instrument. The show was such a dissapointment. Next time I will make
sure that there is a live orchestra before I order tickets. I am very
upset that I had to pay full price for orchestra seats even though there
was no orchestra. Hope to see you guys back again. Please forward this to
Jeanne Gleason, Chair Board of Trustees. Thanks.
Jean Suwalski
 
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Submitted by Comments:
Name: Carol Mackin
From: Bethel Park
E-mail: Contact
First I must commend the dancers of the PBT. I enjoy watching the talent
of the dancers. However, their dance and the art it should reflect is
incomplete without the live music. It is the two components together that
create a true art form. By banning the orchestra, the PBT has lowered
themselves to a second-rate show. I doubt you would see dance without live
music in NYC, LA, or Chicago etc. Even the highschools have live music for
their stage performances. This is a disgrace to the city of Pittsburgh.
I bought season tickets to watch the entire production. The PBT has
greatly deceived us all. If the PBT had informed me that canned music
would be played, I would not have purchased the tickets. The cost of my
ticket was to include both dance and live music and that is what I expect
to see in the future, or we will be enjoying entertainment elsewhere.
 
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Submitted by Comments:
Name: Melissa Pishko
From: Evans City, PA
E-mail: Contact
I have seen the Nutcracker with my mother every year since I was 4 years
old and am now 22. I am also a season ticket holder to the PBT. I was
completely offended at the fact that the orchestra was not a part of this
years Nutcracker performance. I do not stand alone on this, I heard every
single person sitting around me express their disappointment as well. I'm
not sure who's idea this was, but of all the horrible and cheap ways to
"cut costs". Unfortunately, I didn't see the cost savings
reflected in my ticket. If you haven't got the message already....here it
is again....Bring back the orchestra, or you will loose a very valuable
customer.
 
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Submitted by Comments:
Name: Britain Kmetz
From: Monroeville
E-mail: Contact
I can't tell you my disappointment when I reached the front doors and saw
the picketing today. I had no idea I would not be enjoying the orchestra.
I had planned a very special day for my mother and sister; neither of whom
have seen The Nutcracker before. The performers were amazing as usual, but
it simply was not as powerful as it would have been with the musicians.
Please bring them back!
 
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Submitted by Comments:
Name: Gary Gault
From: Sandy Lake, PA
It has been our tradition since 1998 to see The Nutcracker. I was in
college and bought my girlfriend the least expensive seats in the house and
she loved it! We bought season tickets for 3 years. We loved the
"new and improved" Kaufmanns/Pittsburgh inspired seasons.

This year just wasn't the same. I didn't know until I got in front of the
show that the musicians were locked out! Since both of us are musicians,
we were so bummed! I live 70 miles North of Pittsburgh so we couldn't just
turn around a leave. The Nutcracker is what gets us both into the
"holiday spirit!"

I want to express how aweful it was. It was like The Nutcracker was
thrown into a blender. The dancing performance was ok, considering they
have no direction of the conductor. When the Ballet teams up with the
symphony, it's a well oiled machine. This performance was so clunky and
unprofessional. I could have seen this from the Carnegie Library stage
with aspiring talent from Pittsburgh!

The music had no fidelity. I also think parts of the show were cut out.
There should have been a 2 minute prelude before the curtain went up, and
parts were shortened. It was a shame.

I hope the upper echelons get an hearful and a slap on the wrist for
ruining Christmas.

Without Sincerity,
GG
 
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Submitted by Comments:
Name: celia hoyek
From: mt. lebanon
E-mail: Contact
My daughter and I have attended the Nutcracker for the last 4 years,
starting when she was 4. While this year's Nutcracker had wonderful
dancers, beautiful sets,it was disappointing in that it lacked live music.
My support to the musicians who have made previous shows memorable.
 
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Submitted by Comments:
Name: Janet Sowden
From: Pittsburgh
I have attended the Nutcracker ballet many times but last night (12-17-05)
was so terrible I was appalled to have a first-time attendee with me. How
can you imagine to produce a ballet without live music. Terrible!!!!!
 
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Submitted by Comments:
Name: Kenneth D. Katz, M.D.
From: Pittsburgh
E-mail: Contact
My wife and I just left the Nutcracker at intermission because there was no
orchestra. The ballet company is terrific, but without the wonderful, LIVE
music, it is not worth taking a night on the town. And until this is
rectified, we won't be back.

My fear is that if such tremendous cultural entities such as the orchestra
are chopped, what is next on the cutting block? This is a travesty, and it
is sad to see Pittsburgh moving in the completely wrong direction. Without
the Steelers, UPMC and major universities there really wouldn't be much
here at all.
 
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Submitted by Comments:
Name: Barbara & David Swan
From: Sewickley, PA
We just returned from The Nutcracker, having left at intermission. We have
been subscribers and supporters of the PBT since moving to the Pittsburgh
area over 20 years ago. We always look forward to seeing The Nutcracker.
This year's performance was not the same without the live music. We will
no longer be supporting the ballet if the orchestra is not a part of the
experience.
 
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Submitted by Comments:
Name: Julie VanDerWeele
From: Pittsburgh, Pa
We just attended The Nutcracker last night, and we were unaware up to last
night that there wouldn't be a Orchestra performing. To be honest, it did
effect the show in our eyes, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Orchestra has
always made the experience of going to the theatre so much better. We
really hope by next Christmas you will be back playing!!
 
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