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Tis the Season for the Nutcracker

By Tate Marcinkoski

On Dec. 16 and 17, Wayne Ballet will present its annual production of “The Nutcracker” at Upper Merion Middle School in King of Prussia. The two-act show will star student dancers of all ages including a few from our own school.

For many people, attending a performance of this classic ballet is a holiday tradition. Featuring music by the famous Russian composer Tchaikovsky, the ballet was first performed in 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Today, 125 years later, it is still performed by dance groups all over the world during the Christmas season.

“The Nutcracker” tells the story of a young girl named Clara, who is celebrating Christmas Eve with her family. During a party that night, Clara’s mysterious godfather, Drosselmeyer, who is a toymaker, gives her a wooden nutcracker in the shape of a man. Later after everyone has gone to bed, Clara goes to check on the nutcracker, when she hears the clock strike midnight.

Mice and soldiers suddenly fill the room and begin to battle. The nutcracker magically grows in size and defeats the evil Mouse King. Then the nutcracker comes alive, turning into a real man, and takes Clara on a journey through his snowy kingdom to the Land of Sweets.

There, they watch a series of dances inspired by different sweets from around the world such as chocolate, candy canes and marzipan. My favorite part is the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. She wears a glittery tutu and performs one of the most famous solos in all of ballet. Most of you would probably recognize her music, which sounds like tiny bells chiming, because it is played everywhere at Christmas time.

I definitely recommend that you check out “The Nutcracker” this year. Even if you are not a ballet fan, you will enjoy all of the beautiful music, scenery, costumes and of course the exciting story.

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