Synopsis (The Story)

Act I

The Silberhaus Family is giving a Christmas Party. Clara and Fritz, their children, greet the guests. The parents give toys to all the children. Suddenly, a mysterious person arrives. It turns out to be Clara's Uncle Drosselmeyer, the toymaker. He entertains the children with his magical tricks and show everyone his amazing life-size mechanical wind-up dolls. Drosselmeyer brings a special gift for Clara - a wooden nutcracker. While she is dancing with it, her brother Fritz, teasing her, tries to grab it from her, as they fight over it, they accidentally drop it and break it. Drosselmeyer quickly repairs it.

The party ends, the guests leave, and the Stahlbaums retire for the night. Clara awakens and creeps back into the living room to see her Nutcracker. The clock strikes midnight. Suddenly, the room fills with giant mice who attack Clara. Her Uncle Drosselmeyer appears and scares the mice away. But, it seems that Drosselmeyer is no ordinary toy maker, he is a magician and he begins to cast spells on the room, making the Christmas Tree grow larger, making giant toy soldiers appear and transforming her Nutcracker into a prince. Drosselmeyer disappears and the mice return. The soldiers, led by the valiant Nutcracker, come to Clara's rescue. The Mouse King attacks the Nutcracker, and the Nutcracker seems to be losing, but Clara hits the Mouse King with her shoe, distracting him so that the Nutcracker wins the battle.

The walls melt away, and suddenly Clara and the Nutcracker prince find themselves outside in the snow. The Snow Queen greets them, and when she finds out how Clara saved the prince, she calls for a sleigh to honor them by taking them to the Kingdom of the Sweets. Her magical Snowflake fairies swirl around and dance, bringing snow and Clara and the Nutcracker Prince depart for the Kingdom of Sweets in an enchanted sleigh led by reindeer.

ACT II

Angels light the hall of the Sugar Plum Fairy at the Palace in the Kingdom of the Sweets. The Sugar Plum Fairy has had word of the arrival of guests and calls on the inhabitants of her kingdom to come to the palace and greet the guests. Clara and the Nutcracker Prince arrive in their sleigh. The Sugar Plum Fairy asks them to tell their story. When she hears of their valour, the Sugar Plum Fairy honors Clara by crowning her and seating her on a throne with her Nutcracker. She calls upon her subjects to dance and entertain them. The dances include "chocolate", a Spanish Dance; "coffee", an Arabian Dance; and "tea", a Chinese Dance. Clara is also entertained by "Marzipan"-the dance of the Reed Pipes, Mother Ginger and her children, a Trepak dance, and the Waltz of the Flowers. Then, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier dance a grand pas de deux. As the celebration draws to a close, the sleigh arrives to take Clara and the Prince home. Clara awakens under the Christmas tree with her wooden Nutcracker wondering whether it was all just a dream?