WORLD PREMIERE 2018
Choreography: Nicolina Lawson
Music: Peter I. Tchaikovsky
Dr. Drosselmeier, a mysterious magician and creator of mechanical toys and clocks, makes his way to the Stahlbaum home for a Christmas Celebration. He has made gifts to entertain his relatives and friends at the Stahbaum home later that night.
In the parlor, the Stahlbaum family, with their children Clara and Fritz, and their staff are anxiously finishing preparations for their annual Christmas Eve party. Friends and relatives arrive from near and far. The tree is trimmed, the children receive special gifts from the Stahbaums’ and there is much celebratory dancing. Suddenly, almost from nowhere, Dr. Drosselmeier makes his appearance. He is full of surprises to entertain everyone, like the Nutcracker he presents Clara. She immediately becomes enchanted. Then he brings out his mechanical dolls who, to the amazement of all, come to life at his command and dance. Afterwards, Clara dances with her Nutcracker, imagining someday he could be her Prince. She is rudely interrupted by her brother Fritz who, in a jealous fit, steals her Nutcracker and breaks him. Dr. Drosselmeier repairs Clara’s Nutcracker with magic and wit. The girls join together to sooth the Nutcracker by dancing a lullaby with their dolls, but they are suddenly interrupted by the mischievous Fritz and the boys who create a cacophony with their noise makers. Then Clara’s parents invite all the guests to one last dance before it gets late and the party guests depart. Clara and Fritz are sent to bed to dream of all their presents under the tree.
As the lights dim, Dr. Drosselmeier appears in the parlor to cast his magical spell. Clara returns to search for her Nutcracker until she becomes tired and falls asleep on the couch. Then maniacal mice of various sizes begin to appear as midnight falls. Clara is awakened by Dr. Drosselmeier alters the room, making everything larger than life. She is terrified but then sees her Nutcracker has been transformed to human size by Dr. Drosselemeier. The mice scatter and a battle ensues between the mice led by the Rat King and the Nutcracker with his regiments of tiny soldiers culminating in a sword fight between the two leaders. Just when hope seems lost Clara distracts the Rat King long enough for the Nutcracker to vanquish him. Clara has broken the spell of the Nutcracker and he is transformed into a handsome prince. The two are magically transported to the Kingdom of the Snow where the Snow King and Queen greet them and send them on a beautiful sleigh ride. A whirlwind of snowflakes dance at their command. At the culmination of this dreamlike scene Clara and her Nutcracker Prince board a magical vessel to journey to the Land of the Sweets.
Clara arrives to a magical land escorted by a chorus of angels, the Nutcracker Prince and Sugar Plum Fairy are reunited. Here they introduce Clara to all the wonderful treats of the land. Clara and the Nutcracker Prince tell the story of the battle with the mice, his defeat of the Rat King, and the breaking of the spell. Everyone is delighted that the Nutcracker Prince and Clara are safe, The Sugarplum Fairy leads Clara to a glittering throne, where she can enjoy sweets and dances from all the lands: Hot Chocolate from Spain, Chinese Tea, Coffee from Arabia, the Russian Ribbon Candy, the Marzipan Crystals, and Mother Ginger, with her little Polichinelles. Next comes the Waltz of the Flowers, with a shimmering Dewdrop Fairy dancing among the lovely blooms. Then, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Nutcracker Prince dance a grand pas de deux in honor of their guests. A magnificent grand finale brings the festival to its thrilling conclusion. It’s time for Clara to say goodbye. Everyone returns to bid them farewell, as she rides off into the dawn, waking on the couch she fell sleep on with her Nutcracker in hand.
Was it all a dream or … did it really happen?