is Christmas Eve at the Stahlbaum house, a huge house with a
beautiful Christmas tree. The Stahlbaums are having their annual
Christmas party and many guests arrive to celebrate it with the
family. The children, Fritz and Clara, welcome their friends.
godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer, entertains the guests with his
magical toys. The first puppet which Drosselmeyer brings to the
party is a small German Doll that dances with him. Drosselmeyer
also presents toy soldiers and three Porcelain ballerina dolls
who dance for the guests. Then two wonderful toys, the Harlequin
and Columbine dance a pas de deux around the room to the delight
of the party.
and her friends listen to Drosselmeyer as he tells them about
the presents he
has brought to the party to give them.
distributes gifts to the children, who begin to open them quickly.
Although Drosselmeyer's gift to Fritz is quite nice, his gift
to Clara, a beautiful Nutcracker is the hit of the party. Fritz
is jealous. He grabs the nutcracker from Clara and breaks it.
is heartbroken, so Herr Drosselmeyer attempts to repair the Nutcracker
before handing it back to her.
gathers around as Drosselmeyer pulls out a white handkerchief
to fix the broken Nutcracker.
all the guests leave and the children go to bed, Clara, worried
about her beloved Nutcracker, gets up and goes downstairs. She
falls asleep under the tree and is taken to a world of Christmas
fantasy where her nutcracker has grown to the size of a human.
the tree grows, the room fills with mice, lead by the mighty
Mouse King. The Nutcracker comes to life and engages the mice
in battle. Although he summons his soldiers, he cannot stop the
mighty Mouse King.
Mouse King attack. The soldiers seem helplessly outnumbered and
the Mouse King captures Clara. The Nutcracker Prince fights trying
to defend Clara and is also captured. Clara saves her Nutcracker
Prince by throwing her shoe at the Mouse King and defeating him.
The Mouse King goes down. The mice all swarm off as they mourn
the Mouse King finally out of the way, Clara runs to the Nutcracker
Prince. When she kisses him, he turns into a human.
:: Continue the story ::