By E.T.A. Hoffmann and adapted by Kathryn Schultz Miller
Directed by Rana Teresa Tan
Clara’s dream unfolds as Christmas Eve arrives. Uncle Drosselmeyer gives Fritz some toy soldiers and Clara a wooden Nutcracker. When Clara kisses the Nutcracker goodnight, little does she know that she has released her prince from his spell! As Clara dreams, the Rat King and his rowdy band of mice arrive to battle the Nutcracker Prince and his loyal Toy Soldiers. At last the Nutcracker Prince defeats the Rat King freeing the house from his tyranny. The Nutcracker Prince leads Clara to the Land of Sweets where the Sugar Plum Fairy rules with love and covers the world with magic. Snowflakes and Flowers delight everyone, spreading their beautiful Christmas spirit. On Christmas Day, Clara awakens to the real world — her glorious dream has passed, yet she has learned a wonderful lesson about Christmas love and joy. This lovely holiday play is deeply moving with a very happy ending.
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