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Salt Creek Ballet Presents
The Nutcracker
A Timeless Tradition of Over 37 years

The

Nutcracker.

Music by Pitor Llyich Tchaikovsky
Based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffman

It is Christmas Eve and the Von Stahlbaums are preparing to welcome their party guests, who arrive family by family, bearing gifts for the host’ children, Clara and Fritz. The presents are all carefully placed under the Christmas tree. Clara’s Godfather, the mysterious Herr Drosselmeyer, arrives with a marvelous group of mechanical dolls. In addition, the magical and eccentric Herr Drosselmeyer has planned a special surprise for his beloved Godchild, Clara. He presents her with a wonderfully mysterious nutcracker. Clara is immediately taken with her strange gift. Fritz is jealous and steals the Nutcracker from Cara. In the chaos of his teasing, Fritz accidentally breaks the nutcracker. Herr Drosselmeyer comes to the rescue and assures Clara that all will be well. The guests perform a contredanse, after which they depart and the Von Stahlbaums prepare for bed.

Just before the stroke of midnight, Clara returns to the darkened living room to check on her nutcracker. She is frightened by large mice, but suddenly Herr Drosselmeyer appears and the mice flee. Much to Clara’s amazement, Herr Drosselmeyer commands the Christmas tree to grow to such an enormous size that it pushes away the entire room. Next, he changes her little toy into a life-size nutcracker. The mice suddenly reappear and a vicious battle ensues. Just when the soldiers seem to be winning the great Mouse King appears and the tide turns. The Nutcracker and the Mouse King fight. The Mouse King is about to overpower The Nutcracker when Clara distracts him with her shoe, giving The Nutcracker the chance to run the Mouse King through with his sword. The Nutcracker, released from an enchanted spell, turns into a handsome prince. Clara becomes and Princess. The Nutcracker Prince takes Princess Clara’s hand and escorts her on a magical voyage to the Kingdom of Snow and beyond.

Princess Clara journeys to the Kingdom of Sweets where the Sugar Plum Fairy greets her. A series of entertaining divertissements are ordered. Princess Clara and The Nutcracker Prince dance together surrounded by radiant flowers. The Sugar Plum fairy and her Cavalier then dance for Clara and the Prince. When the festivities are over, everyone bids goodbye to The Nutcracker and Clara who leave together for her home, where she awakens, uncertain if her magical journey was a dream or reality

The Nutcracker

through the years