The Nutcracker, Arts Centre Melbourne
This most popular and well-loved traditional Christmas ballet presentation, The Nutcracker, will be performed in a unique setting with 65 dancers of the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet and 65 musicians of the ACB Orchestra, featuring international guest artists.
The Nutcracker recounts the adventures of a little girl Clara, who is given a Nutcracker toy by her godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer, at her parents Christmas party. Drosselmeyer provides much entertainment during the evening with his magic tricks. After the party, Clara returns to the sitting room to find her Nutcracker and falls asleep. Suddenly, an army of mice are attacking her toys, notably the Nutcracker, who she saves by throwing her shoe at the King of the Mice.
In gratitude for saving him, the Nutcracker Prince takes her on a journey through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of the Sweets. There she is entertained by a variety of character from many lands, culminating with a grand pas de deux dance by the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Prince.
At the very last, Herr Drosselmeyer returns suggesting that Clara’s journey has in fact been a wonderful dream which any child who has vivid imagination may experience – or has it?