The Nutcracker suite
Limited to 1997.
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A Ballet in two acts based on E.T.A. Hoffman's The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
ACT I, Scene I
It is Christmas Eve in an American city in the 1850's. Mayor and Mrs. Stahlbaum are preparing for a party. Their daughter, Clara, joins her parents in the parlor and exclaims over the Christmas tree and its treasures. Soon their guests arrive with many gifts. The last to appear ate the mysterious Herr Drosselmeyer, Clara's godfather, and his nephew. As a special gift to Clara, Herr Drosselmeyer has brought a Nutcracker. Clara's brother, Fritz, grabs the Nutcracker away and accidentally breaks it. Herr Drosselmeyer bandages the Nutcracker and comforts the heartbroken Clara.
ACT I, Scene 2
The party is over and all of the guests have now gone home. The clock strikes midnight, and everyone in the house is sleeping except for Clara, who has returned to the parlor to fetch her Nutcracker from under the tree. Clara takes her place on the living room couch, quickly falls asleep, and begins to dream. In her dream, mice scurry around her and tease her, but Herr Drosselmeyer has returned to shoo them away and transform the small Nutcracker into a life-size Nutcracker Doll. The toy soldiers that have been standing guard under the tree have also grown to life size. The Nutcracker Doll summons the soldiers to battle with the mice, who are now led by the Mouse King. Clara returns with Herr Drosselmeyer, and, just in time, she throws her slipper at the Mouse King and saves the Nutcracker Doll. With Clara's kiss, he is transformed into the Nutcracker Boy Prince, who bears a striking resemblance to Herr Drosselmeyer's nephew.
ACT I, Scene 3
Herr Drosselmeyer leads Clara and the Boy Prince into the Land of Snow. Here they meet the Snow Queen and King who look remarkably like Clara's mother and father, and the Snow Prince, who reminds her of Fritz. The enchanted journey continues to the Kingdom of Sweets.
The Sugar Plum Fairy welcomes Clara, the Boy Prince, and Herr Drosselmeyer to the Kingdom of Sweets. The Boy Prince tells the Sugar Plum Fairy about their magical battle with the mice. The subjects of this enchanted kingdom - all the dolls from under Clara's tree and all the flowers from her bouquet - have grown to life size and dance in her honor. But all dreams must come to an end, and Clara must depart the land of her dreams and return home where her parents wait to welcome her back.
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