The Nutcracker All Jazzed Up!
Saturday, December 7th - 7pm
at Riverside Military Academy
It’s a snowy Christmas Eve at the Stahlbaum home, and Dr. and Frau Stahlbaum and their children, Clara and Fritz, are welcoming their guests to a holiday party. There are games and a magic show for the children, and dancing for everyone. Clara’s beloved uncle, Herr Drosselmeyer, gives her a wonderful present: a handsome wooden Nutcracker.
After the party, Clara falls asleep on the sofa with her Nutcracker. Suddenly, she is woken up — something is not right. Out of nowhere, giant mice scurry into the room, and Drosselmeyer appears to magically make the Christmas tree grow, higher and higher, until it towers over Clara. Everything in the room disappears except for Fritz’s toy soldiers and the Nutcracker — all now as big as Clara. The Nutcracker leads the toy soldiers into battle with the mice, and Clara helps him by throwing her slipper at the fierce Mouse King, who the Nutcracker then slays. Now that the Mouse King is dead, an ancient spell has been broken, and the Nutcracker is transformed into a handsome prince. The children enter a beautiful forest, where the snowflakes dance a lovely waltz and guide Clara and the Prince toward the Christmas Star.
Clara and the Prince arrive in the Land of Sweets. Everyone is delighted that the Prince and Clara are safe, and they are lead to a glittering throne. Everyone dances for the two children: Hot Chocolate from Spain, Chinese Tea, Coffee from Arabia, the Candy Canes, the Marzipan Shepherdesses, Mother Ginger, with her little polichinelles, and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Then comes the Waltz of the Flowers, with a shimmering Dewdrop dancing among the lovely blooms, and finally, the Prince and Clara perform a dance together.
It’s time for Clara and the Prince to say goodbye. Everyone returns to bid them farewell and the Sugar Plum Fairy gifts her with a beautiful crown.
Clara suddenly awakens on her couch to find it was all a dream…”or was it?” she wonders as she touches her head to find the crown still there.