It’s a cozy Christmas Eve at the Stahlbaum’s house. Their house is decorated with Christmas ornaments, mistletoe and in the center of it all, a Christmas tree. As the Stahlbaum’s prepare for their annual Christmas party, their children, Fritz and Clara, wait anxiously for their family and friends to arrive. When the guests finally appear, the party picks up with dancing and celebration. Clara recieves a Nutcracker as a gift and Fritz grows jealous, snatches the Nutcracker from Clara and plays a game of toss with the other boys. It isn’t long until the Nutcracker breaks.
The party grows late and the children become sleepy. Everyone generously thanks the Stahlbaum’s before they leave. As Clara’s family retires to bed, she checks on her broken Nutcracker one last time and ends up falling asleep under the Christmas tree with the Nutcracker in her arms. At the stroke of midnight Clara wakes up to a frightening scene. The house, the tree and the toys seem to be getting larger. Out of nowhere large mice dressed in army uniforms, lead by the Mouse King appear and the story gets a whole lot more exciting. Young audience performanes of the Nutcracker are happening in several areas of Queens this season and it is a perfect performance for your budding ballerina or aspiring soldier. Here are the details:
December 11th 2010 Long Island City School of Ballet’s Nutcracker
Dec 12th 2010 Flushing Town Hall Celebration and Performance
December 26th 2010 The Nutcracker Russian American Ballet at the Kupfberg Center
December 28th 2010 Queens Theatre in the Park’s Nutcracker