The Party Scene
It is Christmas Eve at the Stahlbaum house -- A large and grand house with the most beautiful tree imaginable. The Stahlbaums are hosting their annual Christmas party, welcoming the arrival of their family and friends. The children, Clara and Fritz, are dancing and playing as they welcome their friends too.
The party grows festive with music and dance as godfather Drosselmeyer arrives. He is a skilled clock and toy maker and always full of surprises. Drosselmeyer draws everyone's attention as he presents several life-size dolls. They are the delight of the party, each taking a turn to dance.
The children begin to open gifts when Drosselmeyer presents his to Clara and Fritz. Although his gift to Fritz is quite nice, he gives Clara a beautiful Nutcracker that becomes the hit of the party. Fritz becomes jealous and, having a bit more spunk than a boy should have, he ends up giving the nutcracker a coconut instead of a walnut and promptly breaks it. Clara is heartbroken looking on as Drosselmeyer quickly repairs the Nutcracker.
As the evening grows late, the guests depart and the Stahlbaum family retires for the evening. Clara, worried about her beloved Nutcracker, sneaks back to the tree to check on him, falling asleep with him in her arms.
The Fight Scene
As the clock strikes midnight strange things begin to happen. The Rat King arrives and summons his army of mice to ravage all the Christmas toys including the Nutcracker. Clara awakes and notices that her beloved Nutcracker is being attacked by voracious mice. She stands in front of the Nutcracker as he rises to prepare for battle. As the battle continues throughout the night, the Nutcracker is defeated by the Rat King. Clara makes a final daring charge throwing her slipper at the Mouse King, hitting him square on the head. The Mouse King drops to the floor and the mice run away, carrying off their leader's lifeless body.
The Land of Snow
The Nutcracker turns into a Prince and takes Clara on a journey to the Land of Snow, an enchanted forest wonderland where they are welcomed by dancing snowflakes.
The Land of Sweets
The Prince escorts Clara to the Land of Sweets where they are greeted by the Palace Queen & Land of the Sweets. Clara is mesmerized by the Spanish, Arabian, Chinese, Shepherdess, Russian, Circus, and the Waltz of the Flowers. As a finale, Clara and the Prince dance a beautiful Pas De Deux.
Clara awakens from her dream and finds herself by her Christmas tree with her beloved Nutcracker wondering if it was all a dream or real life.
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Please join us for our production of The Nutcracker, taking place December 5th, 13th, and 19th.