of The Nutcracker.
“The Company not only offers a professional dance experience regionally,
but also nationally and internationally through touring. The young dancers receive practical theatrical experience in a professional dance environment.”
It is Christmas Eve and Clara’s family is preparing for their lavish Christmas celebration. Soon, a myriad of friends and family arrive to take part in the lovely celebration. Even though everyone is having such fun lighting the Christmas tree, opening gifts, dancing, and eating an abundance of treats, Clara feels somewhat odd and out of place. Suddenly, mysterious old Drosselmeyer arrives with three life-size toys, which surprisingly begin to dance. First the clown-like Harlequin doll, then the beautiful Columbine, and finally he courageous Soldier doll perform for the surprised and delighted party guests. Nevertheless, none of the toys seem to please Clara, who feels utterly disappointed. But Drosselmeyer has one last, very special toy just for her; a large, wooden Nutcracker! Enchanted by the beautiful gift, Clara graciously thanks Drosselmeyer; however, Fritz, her younger brother is extremely jealous. He will not be satisfied until he has taken the Nutcracker away from Clara. Although it is an accident, Fritz breaks the Nutcracker in his attempts to steal the toy away. Clara is left devastated by this turn of events, but old Drosselmeyer manages to fix the toy for her with his magic handkerchief. Clara rewards Drosselmeyer with an unexpected kiss on the cheek, and the party continues. Finally, the tired but happy guests leave the party and return to their homes. Yet Drosselmeyer somehow vanishes from the party unnoticed. As her family goes to bed, Clara comes back to the Christmas tree for one last look at her wonderful gift and then falls asleep, perfectly content with the company of her beloved Nutcracker.
Clara suddenly awakes to the discovery of little mice scurrying around her and the Nutcracker. They greedily steal the gifts under the tree and they attempt to grasp Clara’s beloved Nutcracker as well. At the last moment, old Drosselmeyer appears and frightens the mice away from Clara and her toy. He removes the handkerchief to reveal to her the Nutcracker is as good as new, and he places it under the tree. Then, the house is miraculously transformed! The Christmas tree grows, but the mice and the Nutcracker grow too! If that weren’t enough, a sinister Mouse King appears, determined to lead his mice against the Nutcracker and the troop of toy soldiers that he commands. During the tremendous battle that follows, Clara distracts the Mouse King with her slipper, and the Nutcracker is able to stab him. With the battle against the Mouse King and his mice won, the Nutcracker becomes a handsome prince. He invites Clara to travel with him through The Snow Forest to The Land of Sweets. Snowflakes and Snow flurries greet them as they travel on their way.
Angels light the arrival of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince in the Land of Sweets. They are met by the Sugar Plum Fairy, who rules this kingdom, and the Nutcracker Prince who describes his battle with the Mouse King. When he shows how Clara saved him with her slipper, the Sugar Plum Fairy rewards her by introducing Clara to her many delightful subjects in The Land of Sweets. To Clara’s surprise, she has seen them all before! They have all been refreshments at her family’s Christmas party! Hot Chocolate, Coffee, and Tea all perform for her. They are followed by the Candy Canes, Petit Fours, and Mother Ginger with her family of Bon Bons. The candied Flowers dance for her too! The Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier perform a beautiful and grand Pas de Deux for their guest. Clara is enthralled, but old Drosselmeyer appears again, calling her to return home. It seems too soon, and Clara does not want to return… but she must. In moments she is in her own living room again and it is almost Christmas morning. She finds her Nutcracker and wonders... was it all a dream?
LOUDOUN BALLET COMPANY
CREATIVE EXCELLENCE IN THE LOUDOUN COMMUNITY SINCE 1978