It is Christmas Eve and Clara and her brother, Fritz, are excited for the evening’s festivities to begin. Family and friends arrive in Greenville by train and admire the sights and sounds of beautiful Main Street. Clara’s magician Godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer, arrives and brings gifts for everyone. For Clara, he has a very special nutcracker. The celebration continues as all enjoy an evening of laughter and dancing. As one of the maids joins in on the dancing, she bonks Herr Drosselmeyer on the head in her excitement and he is knocked unconscious.
A magical star enters to guide Herr Drosselmeyer on a beautiful journey of Clara’s future. After all the guests have left, a lonely maid tidies up the room. She screams in fright as mice invade from every direction. The nutcracker doll, now life-sized, comes to save the day with an army of soldiers. A fierce battle between the mice and soldiers ensues. The Mouse King has The Nutcracker cornered, but Clara strikes the rodent and saves her Nutcracker who is transformed into a handsome prince. Herr Drosselmeyer’s journey continues with visions of beautiful angels and the well known Mice on Main in downtown Greenville. The city’s rich culture appears through Spanish, Arabian, Chinese, and Candy dancers as well.
Herr Dosselmeyer’s glimpse into Clara’s future happens upon her Debutante Ball complete with elegant waltzing dancers. The loving Godfather has watched his precious Clara’s coming of age and finds himself on her wedding day. The grown-up Clara is a beautiful bride and marries her dashing Nutcracker Cavalier. The magical wedding is one only dreams are made of. Or is it just a dream?
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky(1840-1893)
The libretto is adapted from E.T.A Hoffmann’s story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. Choreography by Hernan Justo is based on the original Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. Additional choreography by Anita Pacylowski Justo