The idea of the Nutcracker originated after The Sleeping Beauty ballet became a success. Based on the fairy tale "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" written by E.T.A. Hoffman in 1816, the Nutcracker is a ballet performance divided into two parts. Hoffman’s story was adapted by Marius Petipa and Ivan Vsevolozhsky for the ballet. Music compositions were contributed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The dances were choreographed by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa. The Nutcracker performed its debut in Russia at the Mariinsky Theatre in 1892. The adaptation was so successful that it became the most popular ballet worldwide making Tchaikovsky's compositions legendary. Fifty years later, in 1940, the Nutcracker’s music was used by Walt Disney in the movie Fantasia. Interest of the masses in ballet developed from the likings of the movie. The interest increased when The Nutcracker was broadcasted on television in late 1950s by George Balanchine. The ballet travelled to a number of places and has been admired by many people since then. One of the most popular songs of The Nutcracker is "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" written for the celesta.
The plot of the play revolves around a little girl named Clara. On Christmas Eve, Clara’s family is having a party at their place. Clara is super excited by the fact that her best friend Charlotte is visiting her this Christmas. The party brings along a mysterious old family friend who entertains the guests with a puppet show and presents Clara with a gift, the Nutcracker Doll. When Clara goes to bed after the party, she has a nightmare about the Nutcracker Doll. When the clock strikes twelve, Clara is faced with a battle with the Mouse King and falls in love with a handsome stranger. Who was this mystery guest? Is the Nutcracker Doll magical? Was it actually a nightmare or something real? Who is the Mouse King? Find out answers to all the questions by getting Nutcracker tickets at your earliest. It’s an opportunity to cherish some magical moments with your family.
According to a review published in the National Post, the National Ballet’s Nutcracker is for kids from one to ninety-two – inviting people from all walks of life to come and enjoy it. The article states that the ballet pleasantly surprises audience by better and improved performances every time. Even after watching several times, the ballet manages to amaze the audience. The article describes that “The polished young dancers looked like they were savoring every second on stage, their sparkling smiles reaching all the way to the back of the theatre”. According to a fan review by Adam, the moments of the performance were a pleasant trip down the memory lane. Adam states that he saw the performance when he was a child. He wanted to share a memory of his childhood with his wife and kids that was something extra-ordinary. To his delight, Adam was successful in sharing something very special with his family.
A number of companies in North America organize the ballet on an annual basis. Such shows are a get-together for the family where parents and children take part in the ballet by staging it and dancing in it. Professional ballerinas accompany the children who are learning to dance while the parents work on making costumes. Today, people from all around the globe have witnessed the stage performance of the Nutcracker. According to Jennifer Fisher it is the most renowned ballet in the world that is staged so frequently. There are people who have seen the show more than once and they are always willing to watch it again.