The Story of the Nutcracker
by Lynn Brittney

The approximate running time of this play is 30 minutes.

This is the story behind the ballet, put into words. A young man has a spell put on him by the Mouse King, which turns him into a Nutcracker Doll. The young man's uncle, a magician, gives the doll to a young girl, Clara, on Christmas Eve and gives Clara the powers to undo the wicked spell and return the doll to its human state. This play can be a visual feast of costumes and scenery - especially when they visit the Land of Sweets!

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10 main speaking parts, unlimited non--speaking action/dancing parts.

This play is designed to make use of Tchaikovsky's music by underlining the action, such as the fight between the mice and the toy soldiers, but there is only one bit of dancing required by the sweets in the Kingdom of Sweets.

The Palace is overrun with mice and the King has called in Herr Drosselmeyer, a magician, to get rid of the vermin. When he casts a spell on the mice, the Mouse King, in revenge, turns Drosselmeyer's nephew into a Nutcracker Doll. The only way the spell can be broken is if a girl loves the doll. Drosslemeyer takes the doll to Clara, his friend's daughter, knowing that she has a kind heart. Together, Clara and the Nutcracker Doll have several adventures before the, ultimately, happy ending.

As with all our plays, there are full production notes that give advice on scenery, prop and costume-making.

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