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Scene from 2005 Production
Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Edith Ort Thomas Elementary School in Frenchtown New Jersey.
Saturday - 1:00 PM and 4:00PM
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The story of The Nutcracker begins at the home of the Stahlbaums, who entertain their family
and friends with a grand party on Christmas Eve. Excitement fills the air as the Stahlbaum’s two
children, Clara and Fritz, and their friends anxiously await the arrival of the guests and lively dancing
and laughter. The children’s godfather, Drosselmeyer, arrives late to the party with a surprise
guest, his handsome nephew. Clara and Drosselmeyer’s nephew take an immediate liking to one
another. Drosselmeyer entertains the children with a magical dancing soldier and dolls.
Drosselmeyer has a special present for Clara – a brightly painted wooden Nutcracker. In a
jealous fit, Fritz steals the Nutcracker, throws it to the floor and breaks it. Drosselmeyer’s nephew
mends the Nutcracker doll and calms Clara’s tears as the party draws to a close and the guests
Clara’s Christmas Eve dream begins late in the evening when she returns to the living room
to see her beloved Nutcracker and falls asleep on the sofa. In the darkness, as the clock strikes
midnight, tiny mice appear. Eerie things begin to happen as the mice are transformed into gigantic
proportions. By the magic of her godfather’s powers, Clara’s surroundings continue to grow and
disappear and Clara’s cherished Nutcracker becomes a life-size soldier. A battle ensues between the
Nutcracker, toy soldiers and the mice. Ultimately the Nutcracker wins with Clara’s assistance, as he
is magically transformed into Drosselmeyer’s nephew, now a prince. Clara and her prince begin
their journey by traveling through a gently falling snow, cropped in a Currier and Ives-like woodland
scene, to end Act I.
In Act II, Clara’s dream continues. Clara and her prince travel through the clouds of angels
and arrive at the Kingdom of Sweets where they are greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy and her
Courtiers and entertained by Spanish Chocolate, Arabian Coffee, Chinese Tea and Russian Taffy.
Marzipan performs the Dance of the Reed Flutes, as they play their pipes. Mother Ginger arrives
onstage as her candy cane children spill out from beneath her hoop skirt. Candy flowers of rose and
sage entertain their guests with a graceful waltz. As the celebration draws to a close, the Sugar
Plum Fairy appears for the final solo dance.
Clara’s dream concludes as the entire court gathers for a final waltz. Clara and her prince
depart this magical land or perhaps Clara only returns to awaken on Christmas morning.