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Community Cast Auditions
The Nutcracker Spectacular
Arkansas' Largest Holiday Production
December 12 - 15, 2019 | Robinson Performance Hall | Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
The story of The Nutcracker
Act I - Party Scene
The overture begins as the lights cast a glow outside the home of the Stahlbaums. Guests are arriving for the annual holiday party, and excitement looms in the air. The Stahlbaums and their children, Clara and Fritz, welcome their friends as they arrive from faraway lands. The party grows festive with music and dance as the mysterious godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer, arrives with his young nephew. Herr Drosselmeyer is always full of surprises. He attracts everyone’s attention as he presents three life-sized dolls in a magic box that soon become the delight of the party. Fritz’s growing jealousy of Herr Drosselmeyer’s mysterious nephew becomes more apparent. Following the dance of the magical dolls, Herr Drosselmeyer gives Clara a beautiful Nutcracker, which draws envious eyes from all the children. As Clara dances with her Nutcracker, her mischievous brother Fritz tries to take it from her and in the struggle, the toy is broken. Clara is heartbroken, but Herr Drosselmeyer quickly mends the Nutcracker with a handkerchief, and she is once again happy. After a final dance, the guests and their weary children depart, and the Stahlbaum household goes to sleep.
Act I - Battle and Snow Scene
As the clock strikes midnight, strange and mysterious things begin to happen. The Christmas tree grows to massive height. Enormous mice fill the room, taunting the frightened Clara. She runs from the mice, only to discover that the Nutcracker and his noble army of toy soldiers have also become life-sized to prepare for battle with the invaders. Clara cannot tell real life from her dream. As the battle rages, The Nutcracker seems no match for the evil Mouse King. Just as it appears that the giant rodents will be victorious, Clara distracts the Mouse King with her ballet slipper and the Nutcracker defeats him. Herr Drosselmeyer appears and transforms the Nutcracker into his nephew, the Young Prince. Grateful for Clara’s act of bravery, the Young Prince leads her on a fantastic journey through the Land of Snow. Guided by Herr Drosselmeyer, they enter the Kingdom of Sweets.
Act 2 - Kingdom of the Sweets
Clara and the Young Prince arrive in the Kingdom of Sweets, where they are met by the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. When told of the battle and Clara’s heroism, the Sugar Plum Fairy celebrates her bravery by awarding them delightful dances from around the world. As the magical evening fades, the Kingdom of the Sweets bids farewell. Soon Clara, fast asleep, is returned by Herr Drosselmeyer to her home. She awakens to the sight of the Nutcracker. Was it a dream? Clara will never know. That Christmas Eve magic will forever remain with Clara, just as The Nutcracker continues to touch the ageless heart.
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