a cozy Christmas Eve at the Stahlbaum’s
house. Their house is decorated with
Christmas ornaments, wreaths, stockings,
mistletoe and in the center of it all,
a majestic Christmas tree. As the Stahlbaum’s
prepare for their annual Christmas
party, their children, Fritz and Clara,
wait anxiously for their family and
friends to arrive. When the guests
finally appear, the party picks up
with dancing and celebration. A mysterious
guest arrives dressed in dark clothing,
nearly frightening Fritz, but not Clara.
Clara knows he is Godfather Drosselmeyer,
the toymaker. His surprise arrival
is warmly accepted and all the children
dance and carry on with laughter. The
celebration is interrupted again when
Drosselmeyer reveals to the children
that he has brought them gifts. The
girls receive beautiful china dolls
and the boys receive bugles. Fritz
is given a beautiful drum, but Clara
is given the best gift of all, the
Nutcracker. Fritz grows jealous, snatches
the Nutcracker from Clara and plays
a game of toss with the other boys.
It isn't long until the Nutcracker
breaks. Clara is upset, but Drosselmeyer
fixes it with a handkerchief. Drosselmeyer’s
nephew offers Clara a small
make-shift bed under the Christmas
for her injured Nutcracker.
party grows late and the children
become sleepy. Everyone generously
the Stahlbaum’s before they leave.
As Clara’s family retires to
bed, she checks on her Nutcracker one
time and ends up falling asleep under
the Christmas tree with the Nutcracker
in her arms.
the stroke of midnight Clara wakes
up to a frightening
scene. The house,
the tree and the toys seem
to be getting larger. Is she shrinking?
Out of nowhere
large mice dressed in army
uniforms, lead by the Mouse King, begin
the room while the toys and
Christmas tree come to life. Clara’s Nutcracker
groups the soldier toys into battle formation
and fights the mouse army. The Mouse
King traps the Nutcracker in the corner,
but the Nutcracker can’t overcome
the Mouse King’s strength. Clara
makes a desperate move to save her
Nutcracker from defeat and throws her
the Mouse King. She hits him directly
in the head! The Nutcracker is able
to overcome the stunned Mouse King
victory. The mice army quickly carries
away their King.
falls onto the Nutcracker’s
bed, over-whelmed by the moment. As angels
and delightful music hover over their
heads, the bed turns into a magical sleigh,
floating higher and higher. The Nutcracker
is transformed into a human prince (who
looks strikingly similar to Drosselmeyer’s
nephew). He gets on Clara’s sleigh
and drives through a snowy forest where
the snowflakes turn into dancing maidens.
their magical journey
through the snow forest,
they come to their destination
in the Land of Sweets.
believe her eyes; ladyfinger mountains
topped with whipped cream whiter than snow,
sweetly glazed flowers and butter-cream
frosting everywhere she looks. Upon their
arrival, they are greeted by the Sugar
Plum Fairy. As they reenact the night’s
events, the Sugar Plum Fairy becomes impressed
with Clara’s bravery and the Nutcracker’s
heroism. In their honor, the Sugar Plum
Fairy takes them inside the Candy Castle
and throws a lavish festival. They are
treated like royalty and presented with
every imaginable sweet. Shortly thereafter,
the dancing begins.
coco dances to the lively music of
trumpets and castanets of the Spanish
fandango. The women
of coffee dance
in veils and move their
bodies like rising steam to an Arabian
song, while Mandarin
tea dances to an
exotic Asian flute chorus.
dolls) follow the Mandarin tea leaping
and dancing to
Clara’s enjoyment there is
still more to be seen. A giant gingerbread
house, known as Mother Ginger, dances
onto the Sugar Plum Fairy’s court.
She opens her skirt and eight little
gingerbread children come dancing out
circling around her. After the Mirliton
dance is over, the children quickly
file back into the large gingerbread
and Mother Ginger leaves the room.
Soon after Mother Ginger exits, the
flowers enter to the tune of the harp.
Perhaps the most beautiful waltz she
has ever heard, Clara and the Nutcracker
Prince watch with amazement. The flowers
dance in beautiful mesmerizing patterns
as a single Dewdrop floats above them.
the end of their dance. Clara doesn’t know what
to expect next. A handsome Cavalier enters
the scene and escorts the Sugar Plum
Fairy to the center of the room. They
dance to the most recognizable song in
the entire work. The captivating pair
dance lighter than air. This beautiful
dance completes Clara’s most perfect
evening. The festival concludes when
everyone comes together on the court
and bids Clara and the Nutcracker Prince
farewell. She tells the Nutcracker she
wishes the adventure would never end
and he tells her it won’t
for those who have an eye
to see it.
wakes up the
next morning under the Christmas tree
with her Nutcracker
still in her arms.