Wednesday, December 14, 2011
The Nutcracker and the King of Mice is a magical story that has been preformed and told in so many different, beautiful ways. I always watch the performance by the Russian Ballet on TV every year at Christmastime. When I was little, my dad took me to see a local production of The Nutcracker and, ever since then, I have loved imagining the story to the music. My absolute favorite part is the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. I think the music is haunting, and the dancing is enchanting.
The Nutcracker and the King of Mice is a story about a little German girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a battle against the fierce Mouse King with seven heads.
Clara and her brother, Fritz, are playing as their parents, Mr. & Mrs. Stahlbaum, are welcoming family and friends into their home for a Christmas party. Their godfather, a skilled clock and toy maker, arrives as the scene is growing festive. He presents two life sized dolls to the room and, to the delight of the party guests, they begin to dance. Pulling Clara aside he gives her a present. It is a beautiful nutcracker, which instantly becomes the main topic of conversation. Fritz becomes jealous and breaks the toy. Clara is heartbroken. Her godfather fixes the nutcracker with a handkerchief that he magically draws out of the air. The party dwindles down and the guests begin to leave. That evening, after all the lights have dimmed and the world is falling asleep, Clara slips back down to check on her prized nutcracker. She lays down under the Christmas tree holding him in her arms and closes her eyes. Once in the land of dreams, she is transported into a world where a Nutcracker Prince holds her destiny in his hands as he fights against the terrifying Mouse King.
You can really imagine this story however you wish. I love the feeling the music stirs up inside of me! Does anyone else enjoy The Nutcracker? Which parts are you favorite? We would love to hear your thoughts on what stories make your holiday season magical! ~ F
Posted by DMS at 5:40:00 PM