The Nutcracker Information
Originally it was a two-act ballet
choreographed by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa. But it did not see any success until the 1960s. It extended the story into a 20-minute Musical incorporating both Opera and Ballet elements, thus making it one of the great Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky compositions and adapting the Libretto from E.T.A Hoffman’s story “The Nutcracker and The Mouse King.”
The Nutcracker narrates how a young German woman was gifted with a toy Nutcracker by a skilled Toy-maker one Christmas eve. The girl went off to sleep with her favorite toy. At midnight the toymaker returns and repairs the Nutcracker after her brother broke it earlier that day. All the while, an army of mice attacks the room. The toymaker brings the toys to life, and a battle breaks between the toys and the mice. In the battle, the Nutcracker loses his life, and the girl, deeply hurt, kills the Mouse King, and the battle ends. Then the toymaker returns and turns the Nutcracker into a Prince. The Girl and the Prince take a tour of Paradise, and the girl wakes up in her room to wonder if it was all a dream. It is a must-see with enchanting entertainment guaranteed. The Nutcracker is a family favorite, and even though it may lack words, the musical score and stage presence make it easy to understand.
It’s a lavish, million-dollar production with falling snow, extravagant costumes, and a mix of highly trained professional dancers and young students.
Maxine Mahon, California Ballet founder, retired in 2018 from the performing portion of the company but maintained her for-profit California Ballet School.
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