Christmas just does not seem the same without watching The Nutcracker Ballet. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky composed this masterpiece about a little girls Christmas Eve trip to a magical candy land. Clara, sometimes called Marie, is the heroine of this story after receiving a nutcracker from Herr Drosselmeyer at a Christmas party at her parents house. This elderly, yet eccentric toy maker, is Clara’s godfather. He gives her the cherished nutcracker after entertaining some of the children at the party with his life like toys.
Once Clara has the nutcracker her jealous brother Fritz breaks the jaw. Angry and frustrated, Clara is told that he will be fine. Once the party is over and everyone is off to bed, Clara goes back downstairs to be with the nutcracker. There everything starts to change, she shrinks and rats come out of no where. Trying to capture the nutcracker, who is really a prince, they almost succeed until Clara throws her slipper and kills the rat king.
From there Clara is taken to the magical land with the Nutcracker Prince who tells everyone what happened. Clara is introduced to a banquet complete with dances with the names of many different treats. All of this leads up to the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Probably, the most well known dance, the Sugar Plum Fairy gives Clara the final farewell before she returns home.
Once Clara returns home, she wakes up wondering if it all was a dream or no. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky created a Christmas classic with this ballet through a magical land. One of my favorites to enjoy at Christmas time because there is Christmas magic. The Nutcracker is a ballet that I hope many in the future will enjoy for years to come.