The 2007 edition of Ballet Lubbock's "The Nutcracker" opens on Thursday and runs through Sunday at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theatre, with tickets already selling very, very quickly at Select-A-Seat outlets.
I was surprised, however, to receive an e-mail at home over the weekend from Ballet Lubbock artistic director Yvonne Racz, stating, "I am going to be the Mouse King on Thursday, opening night."
Assuming that one of her dancers had been injured or had fallen ill, I replied with a request for those details.
Yvonne e-mailed back, "No, Joseph Rodriguez is the Mouse King, and he can do it. But I just WANT to do it ... for one night ... for fun! I love that part!"
I'm betting Thursday's audience also will have a lot of fun.