For the last four years, we have put on "The
Nutcracker" with our dolls for over a hundred people in our living room.
Here's what they had to say about their experience.
Click here to see our most recent reviews
and view pictures taken during an actual performance.
“Magical!! The Montoya Academy of Ballet
set a new standard for all others to try to follow in their spectacular presentation of the Nutcracker. The sets, costumes, and non – stop superb choreography make this performance a must see for any family
that loves this holiday classic. Don’t miss it!”
"Kudos to the Montoya School of Dance production of the Nutcracker
2004! They have reached new heights with sparkling sets, lighting and choreography. We can't forget to mention
the brilliant stagehands also, without whom there would be no production. Bravo! I can't wait for next year."
“I have just enjoyed a most incredible, beautiful,
performance. I can’t help picturing these three very special girls
working nonstop all year, making the incredible costumes, sets, choreography. This
is a celebration of genius!”
was beautiful! Thank you!"
weren't near enough roses to throw at your feet- someday soon, the world will be throwing roses at your feet. I couldn't
help but think of what a lucky lucky little girl Solana is to have such creative and fun - lovely big sisters to lead her
into their wolrd of imagination. You are all terrific!!!"
“The amazing Gothard sisters have done it again!
Their magic imaginative Nutcracker is fascinating from start to finish. The dolls, the costumes and the sets are superb but the best part is the creative
"Bravo! Montoya Academy of Ballet! This was an especially good performance of everyone's favorite holiday
season ballet. If this won't put you in the Christmas spirit, nothing will."
The Montoya Academy of Ballet proves to again be a highlight of the Christmas season.
What a great production of a very special ballet to everyone! Thank you
Montoya Academy members! Thank you!”
"Fantastic performance, the Gothard Sisters continue to surprise me with their many talents.
This program was enjoyed by all ages and is highly recommended, I hope you invite me back!"
“Once again the Gothard Sisters have done an outstanding job of bringing out the
essence of dance, music, nostalgia and the Christmas spirit with their fantastic production “The Nutcracker.” If you haven’t experienced it, put it on your calendar today for next year!”
a wonderful holiday tradition. We hope this ballet continues for years to come. Thank you for including us this
“After having attended the premiere year’s performance last year, we couldn’t
believe that things could be even better this year – but they were!! Wonderful
costumes and sets—but the great part was how the crew enhanced the facial and body expressions. Bravo!!"
“This is the most enjoyable Nutcracker in which the performers continue to breath
life into their performance throughout. It is enchanting and engaging, a unique
experience that asks the audience to move with the dancers, to exercise their imaginations and to allow an expanded level
of consciousness or point of view. A truly multi – level experience."
“This performance opens up children and adult’s imagination. I loved seeing all the hard work that went into the dance, sets, costumes and the emotions of the girls. Excellent, Excellent, Excellent."
"This was the best performance of the Nutcracker i've ever been to! It was lively, entertaining, and overall
fantastic. All the people involved did an excellent job and I would be glad to watch it over and over again."
"The dancing was
mesmerizing - the story complete. The energy of the Gothard sisters is amazing. The Nutcracker will never be the
same. The dolls came alive and were truly magical."
Diana and Emilie Boettger
"Having been to two Nutcrackers up to date, the improvement is tremendous,
although each performance is unique in it's own right. From the innocent Sugar Plum
Fairy to the ostentacious Coffee, a mesmerizing show; one that everybody should see!"
"This was our third time and each year we look forward to this fantastic
event! The dolls were amazing, the props were spectacular and the snacks were delicious. We would highly recommend
this performance to anyone of any age!"
Leslie and Patrick Marckx
"I really loved it. It was much more entertaining than the PNB Nutcracker. The dancers are such great
actors and dancers! The choreography is great, it goes perfectly to the music. The sets and costumes were excellently
made. I had a lot of fun. All of you (dancers and Gothards) did an awesome job putting this together."
"The Montoya School
has executed another superb Nutcracker Ballet! The beautifully choreographed dances are almost upstaged by the clever
and stunning costumes. Amazing staging creates an environment that draws the audience into a different world.
The exceptionally high leaps and spell-binding pirouettes of the performers are unmatched in the dance world today!
A creative feast!"
"This creative rendition of The Nutcracker is both enthralling and perfectly delightful.
From the grandiose Herr Drosselmeier, the pusillanimous mous king, to the elegant Sugar Plum Fairy, I was amazed! My imagination
was drawn in as the puppeteer's facial expressions took the place of the dolls' inability to! I was brought into the
story by the wonderful props, costumes, and awe-inspiring moves of the dancers! The booklet was a great illustration
of the play, and the way the puppeteers worked together during the performance was simply fantastic. It was awesome!!
"This is a production not to be missed by anyone with the chance to see it.
The choreography of the puppeteers as well as their artistic expression is unexcelled. It is truly as moving as any
Nutcracker presentation I have ever seen. The future of the Gothard Sisters must be an unlimited success wherever they
choose to take it. -- What a delight!!!"
"I came to the performance not sure what to expect. The first thing I noticed was the professional
atmosphere. The show went above and beyond all of my expectations. It was clear that a tremendous amount of work
went behind this. I loved the set, the costumes, the choreography and best of all, the enthusiasm of the Gothard Sisters!
Bravo! Two Thumbs Up!"
"The performance was creative and full of color! A wonderful walk-in fairyland! I loved
"I am completely in awe of both the Montoya Academy and the amazing
Gothard Sisters! An enchanting holiday production to be enjoyed by all."
really liked the battle (probably because i'm a boy). The only problem I saw was that the Nutcracker squeeked."
"The Gothard Sisters have done it again! With updated sets and costumes, Greta, Willow, and Solana capture the magic of
the Nutcracker in their unique all-doll production of the holiday classic. The enthusiasm and expressiveness of the
performers and the lovely sets, costumes and lighting make this THE Nutcracker to see this Christmas and every Christmas."
"It was very original. I could also relate to some of the wonderful characters, like the girl
in the cast. hehe! The set and lighting were great. The choreography was creative and elaborate. I hope
this stays a tradition for many years to come. Mr. Clown is my idol! This was another exemplary production by the Montoya Academy
was very impressed with the doll's synchronized arm and head movements. The choreography shows great creativity, use
of space, and musicality. The Gothard-Montoya team is splendid."
"This year's production of the Nutcracker was better than ever! The dancers
were extremely well-prepared, as usual, and the sets and costumes were exquisite. Overall, the presentation was beautiful.
Coming to the Doll Nutcracker is my favorite holiday tradition."
"Wow! Impressive choreography, beautiful costumes, and elaborate props combined to make a thoroughly enjoyable
production. Overall, it was a delightful evening, and i'll be sure to come back next year."
"My favorite scene was when the Christmas tree became huge after being enchanted. That was a really wonderful
set design concept. I also really liked the snowflake set backdrop painting."
"The Gothard Sisters have produced another award winning production of the Nutcracker. The scenery and
costumes were stunning. What a way to get into the spirit for the holidays! The dancers in the tea scene were
magnificent. The Christmas tree prop was ingenious and so was the rickshaw."
"A delightful, magical evening that took me back to my childhood memories of dolls and snowflakes and Christmas.
Wonderful music and talented performers. I love the Nutcracker and never get tired of it."
"I liked the wonderful intricacies of the show. I think the show was 5 stars. It was wonderful, you
should all see it. I was mesmerized."
"Clearly, the dancers are led by enthusiastic and talented choreographers, as well as costume designers.
The production was fantastic!!! If Ebert and Roeper were reviewing it, the ballet would get two big thumbs up!"
Mary Beth Nickerson
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no way officially related to Pleasant Company, American Girl, My Twinn, Magic Attic, Gotz or any of the companies mentioned
on these pages.
These pages are for the display of the
private collection of the Gothard Sisters, and for the sale of certain homemade items which we have copyright over.