Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker is one of the most beloved shows around this time of year. On December 18, 1892 this classic Christmas tale had it’s world premiere. Today, many people around the world enjoy the ballet that comes to life before their eyes. In 1993 George Balanchine brought to life The Nutcracker with the New York City Ballet.
On Christmas Eve, Marie receives a special nutcracker from her godfather. Sadly, her jealous brother Fritz ruins the fun when he breaks it. Marie spends the night down stairs taking care of the nutcracker as she falls asleep. When she wakes up she finds herself shrinking with mice invading. On top of all of that the toys, including her nutcracker, come alive. After saving the nutcracker from being killed by the Mouse King, the Nutcracker transforms into a Prince and takes her to a magical land. There she is awarded with dances and a feast to honor her for saving his life. The grand finale is when the Sugar Plum Fairy makes her grand debut before sending her back home. With the Nutcracker Prince at her side Marie waves good-bye to all of her new friends whom she has made in this magical land.
The Nutcracker is a classic tale that many love with many interpretations. In 1993 George Balanchine choreographed The Nutcracker for a motion picture. On December 18, 1892 The Nutcracker had it’s grand debut in Saint Petersburg, Russia only to live on to make Christmas memories for many around the the world.