About "The Nutcracker"
The treasured story begins on Christmas Eve in Victorian Germany, as Clara celebrates the holiday with her family and friends. Her magician Godfather entertains the festive gathering with life-size dancing dolls, and presents Clara with a magical nutcracker that, late that night, comes to her rescue in a battle with the Mouse Queen and her mice minions. When the mice are defeated Godfather Drosselmeier re-appears and transforms the Nutcracker into a handsome prince. Together, the Nutcracker Prince and Clara travel through through the snowy pine forest and the starry night to the beautiful Kingdom of Sweets, where they are greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy. Surrounded by colorful confections, including ribbon candy, gingerbread cookies and candy canes, the Sugar Plum Fairy rewards Clara for her bravery against the Mice with a celebration. Beautiful dancers, who represent many kinds of sweets and people, dance in her honor. These dance variations include Polichinelles that somersault out from underneath Mother Ginger's skirt. Hot Chocolate (Spanish Dancers), Marzipan Flutes, Coffee (Arabian dancers), Tea (Chinese Dancers), Russian dancers and Icing Flowers. And before the night is over, the Sugar Plum Fairy dances a beautiful Pas De Deux with her Cavalier. Come watch the magic as the Christmas tree grows 20 feet tall, the toy soldiers come to life to battle the evil mice, and the Snow Queen and her Snowflakes dance amid real falling snow. Lavishly staged, City Ballet Raleigh's cast of professional dancers and selected dance students offers a must see Nutcracker production this Holiday Season.