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Our Nutcracker Story

Carol Radovic, Cheoreography
Based on the book "The Nutcracker and Mouse King" by E.T.A. Hoffman
Music by Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky

Act 1, Scene 1: The Stahlbaum Home, Christmas Eve.  Clara, Fritz, and their parents welcome guests to their home on this festive evening, eagerly anticipating presents, sweets, and spirits.  Uncle Drosselmeyer provides magic and merry entertainment with dancing puppets and life-size dolls.  He delights Clara with a very special gift: a Nutcracker Doll. scroll Act 1, Scene II: Midnight. Later that night, Clara creeps back to the tree and her beloved Nutcracker.  She is surprised by the toys under the tree, which have now magically come to life!  At midnight, mice appear, the tree grows, and the Nutcracker springs to life, leading his army of tin soldiers into battle with the mice and their leader, the evil Mouse Queen. scroll Act I, Scene III: The Land of Snow.  One the way to his Palace, the Nutcracker Prince and Clara journey through the glistening Land of Snow, Snow Faeries and Snow Flakes swirl about, presided over by their Snow King and Queen. scroll Act II: The Kingdom of Sweets As the curtain opens, Clara and the Nutcracker arrive at his Palace high atop Sugar Mountain in Confiturembourg, The Kingdom of Sweets.  Chocolate is danced with a high-spirited Spanish flavor while the Arabian Coffee is a sultry, languid dance.  Tea is a lively and  athletic Chinese inspired dance; and the Russian folk dance, Trepak, is filled with bravura.  Marzipan, a royal treat, is a pas-de-trois, or dance for three, while Mother Ginger fills the court and our hearts with her sweet Sugar Plums.  The lovely Dewdrops lead the Flowers in their dance to the famous
Clara holding the Nutcracker Doll

Act 1, Scene 1: The Stahlbaum Home, Christmas Eve
Clara, Fritz, and their parents welcome guests to their home on this festive evening, eagerly anticipating presents, sweets, and spirits. Uncle Drosselmeyer provides magic and merry entertainment with dancing puppets and life-size dolls. He delights Clara with a very special gift: a Nutcracker Doll.

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Nutcracker fighting the evil Mouse Queen

Act 1, Scene II: Midnight

Later that night, Clara creeps back to the tree and her beloved Nutcracker. She is surprised by the toys under the tree, which have now magically come to life! At midnight, mice appear, the tree grows, and the Nutcracker springs to life, leading his army of tin soldiers into battle with the mice and their leader, the evil Mouse Queen.

scroll Snow King and Queen with Snow Flakes

Act I, Scene III: The Land of Snow
On the way to his Palace, the Nutcracker Prince and Clara journey through the glistening Land of Snow, Snow Faeries and Snow Flakes swirl about, presided over by their Snow King and Queen.

scroll Arabian Dancers

Act II: The Kingdom of Sweets
As the curtain opens, Clara and the Nutcracker arrive at his Palace high atop Sugar Mountain in Confiturembourg, The Kingdom of Sweets. Chocolate is danced with a high-spirited Spanish flavor while the Arabian Coffee is a sultry, languid dance. Tea is a lively and athletic Chinese inspired dance; and the Russian folk dance, Trepak, is filled with bravura. Marzipan, a royal treat, is a pas-de-trois, or dance for three, while Mother Ginger fills the court and our hearts with her sweet Sugar Plums. The lovely Dewdrops lead the Flowers in their dance to the famous "Waltz of the Flowers". Finally, the Sugar Plum Faerie and her Cavalier perform a magnificant pas-de-deux. But, all too soon this wondrous dream begins to fade, and as the curtain closes, Clara finds herself back in her familiar world with only memories of the magical night.