December 5, 2021
3:00 PM

Sunday, December 5th at 3:00 PM

Nutcracker Story by E.T.A. Hoffman

Prologue: Herr Drosselmeyer’s Workshop

The magical story of the Nutcracker begins on Christmas Eve, 1892, in Frankfurt, Germany. Herr Drosselmeyer, an eccentric inventor, and his nephew put the finishing touches on toys. The toys are surprises for the guests at the Stahlbaum’s Christmas party. Drosselmeyer throws his cape around his shoulders, picks up a large red box containing a surprise gift for his goddaughter Clara, and leaves for the celebration.

Drosselmeyer: Troy Reamsynder
Nephew: Caedmon Higgins
Doll: Sloane Perler & Ana Verano 

Act I, Scene I (The Party)

The Stahlbaum’s house is filled with relatives and family friends. The children play while the adults chat. Gifts are opened, but there does not seem to be any gift for Clara. Dr. Stahlbaum knows that Clara’s godfather is bringing her a special gift and consoles her by allowing her to light the candles on the Christmas tree. There is dancing and much merriment. Amid all the excitement, Drosselmeyer and his nephew arrive.

Drosselmeyer presents Clara with a strange wooden Nutcracker that enchants her. She proudly shows it off to her cousins, but they turn up their noses at such an ugly gift. Fritz, jealous of the strange present, steals his little sister’s mouse and attacks Clara’s Nutcracker. Drosselmeyer stops the fight and settles the children down with a magical treat: life-size dolls that dance. Clara asks her godfather if her Nutcracker could dance like the Siamese Warrior. Drosselmeyer tells her that if she believes and sees with the eyes of her heart anything can happen.

Clara happily dances with the Nutcracker until Fritz snatches him and snaps his neck. Clara is heartbroken until Drosselmeyer wraps a bright red scarf around his wound. Clara rocks her Christmas treasure in her arms until Fritz noisily leads all his friends in a mock sword battle. The naughty boys are sent to bed. Drosselmeyer asks Clara to dance with him. All of the parents join him in one final dance before saying good night. At the end of the dance Clara finds herself dancing not with her godfather, but with his nephew.

Reluctantly, Clara bids her parents good night and leaves her Nutcracker sleeping beneath the Christmas tree. Drosselmeyer silently returns and wraps him within the magic folds of his black cape, preparing him for the long night’s journey.

Dr. Stahlbaum: Daniel Johnson
Mrs. Stahlbaum: Michelle Kuusela
Clara: Gwyneth Higgins
Fritz: Declan Andringa
Peter: Declan Andringa
Anya: Lillian Stephenson
Clara’s Cousins: Anna Honsinger & Raleigh Rooth
Clara’s Friends: Paloma Ruan, Yara Hemadeh, Mila Eiland, Valerie Brice, Beata Higgins, Zuri Jenkins
Brother-In-Law: Jalen Williams
Governess: Delilah Kuusela
Housekeeper: Emersen Jackson
Drosselmeyer: Troy Reamsynder
Nephew: Caedmon Higgins
Siamese Warrior: Drew Robinson
Dolls: Sloane Perler & Ana Verano
Sugar Plum Fairy: Sophia Poole
Dancing Party Girls: Coco Bryan, Lillian Stephenson, Izabella Johnson, Zoey Contreras, Elena Muhari, Niyah Owen, Amelia Diehl, Annie Cabral, Olivia Mantilla, Ella Borton
Acting Party Girls: Artemis Emmert, Audrey Stephenson, Elliott Jones, Nora Mantilla, Tirienne Higgins
Acting Party Boys: John Brown, Levi Mohr
Party Parents: Rebecca Davis & Joseph Poole, Mattie Higgins & Hugh Higgins, Katie Eiland & Andrew Eiland, Rasa Kay & Kris Kay, Jessica Beltran
Dancing Maids: Amy Louise Davis, Danica Johnson, Reese Honsinger

Act I, Scene II (The Battle)

Drosselmeyer casts a spell on the toys left in the drawing-room. Toy soldiers march up the stairs, and baby mice climb out of the basement. Clara sneaks out of her room to get her Nutcracker, but he is nowhere. Lights flicker, the clock chimes, and Clara is trapped, unable to move. Herr Drosselmeyer stands in front of the Christmas tree, holding her Nutcracker. The mice begin to fight the soldiers. Clara can’t stop them. Frightened, she faints on the couch and dreams. In her dream, the Sugar Plum Fairy weaves a magic spell around her, and Clara feels herself getting smaller. Drosselmeyer makes the Mouse King and the Nutcracker come alive. The two begin to fight. The Mouse King is winning. The Nutcracker is knocked unconscious. Clara kneels down beside him, but can’t wake him. She takes off her shoe and throws it at the Mouse King. Burying her face in her hands, she is unaware that her act of bravery and love has allowed the Nutcracker to slay the Mouse King.

Clara: Gwyneth Higgins
Drosselmeyer: Troy Reamsynder
Sugar Plum Fairy: Sophia Poole
Battle Waltz: Amy Louise Davis, Reese Honsinger, Lyla Notchick, Raegan Rooth, Danica Johnson, Gwen Connors, Julia Gaddis, Ana Verano, Emersen Jackson, Sloane Perler
Sergeant First Class: Declan Andringa
Young Soldiers: Elena Muhari, Zoey Contreras, Ella Borton, Lillian Stephenson, Izabella Johnson, Olivia Mantilla
Youngest Fighting Mouse: Julian Brice
Baby Mice: Artemis Emmert, Audrey Stephenson, Nora Mantilla, Aurora Emmert, Elliott Jones, Tirienne Higgins
Nutcracker Prince: Caedmon Higgins
Soldiers: Raleigh Rooth, Valerie Brice, Yara Hemadeh, Mila Eiland, Anna Honsinger, Beata Higgins, Zuri Jenkins, Paloma Ruan
Mouse King: Mackenzie Mclean
Mice: Lauren Smalling, Kayla Steh, Jackie Martynow, Dejai Williams, Cosette Kay, Lacie Bibelhauser, Marissa Baney, Mackenzie Johnson

Act I, Scene III
(Kingdom Of Snow)

Clara’s drawing-room disappears, and the walls are replaced with a snowy forest. Clara has broken the spell that imprisoned Drosselmeyer’s nephew in the wooden body of the Nutcracker. Drosselmeyer awakens him. The Nutcracker Prince thanks Clara, and with Drosselmeyer as his guide, leads her through the Snow Forest on the way to the Land of Sweets.

Snow Queen: Delilah Kuusela
Snow King: Daniel Johnson
Snowflakes: Lauren Smalling, Kayla Steh, Jackie Martynow, Mackenzie Mclean, Cosette Kay, Lacie Bibelhauser, Marissa Baney, Sophia Poole
Clara: Gwyneth Higgins
Nutcracker Prince: Caedmon Higgins

~ Intermission ~

Act II
(Land Of Sweets)

The Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier, the Angels, and the Maidens of the Land welcome Clara to the Land of Sweets, where it is always springtime. The Sugar Plum Fairy calls her subjects to a special celebration of lively dances from around the world. Clara laughs in delight as the dancers leap and twirl in the air. It is so hard just to sit and watch! In awe, Clara watches as the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier dance a beautiful Pas de Deux. It makes her remember how elegant she felt when she danced with her Nutcracker Prince in the snow. Oh, how she hopes this night lasts forever. But it will soon be Christmas morning. The beautiful dancers gather and bid Clara a fond farewell as her godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer, leads her home.

Sugar Plum Fairy: Sophia Poole
Cavalier: Jalen Williams
Clara: Gwyneth Higgins
Nutcracker Prince: Caedmon Higgins
Sugar Rose: Mackenzie Mclean
Opening of Act II with Sugar Rose: Delilah Kuusela & Lauren Smalling
Maidens: Valerie Brice, Yara Hemadeh, Anna Honsinger, Mila Eiland, Beata Higgins, Paloma Ruan, Zuri Jenkins, Raleigh Rooth, Amelia Diehl, Niyah Owen
Angels: Aurora Emmert, Artemis Emmert, Audrey Stephenson, Elliott Jones, Tirienne Higgins, Nora Mantilla
Spanish Pas: Lauren Smalling & Drew Robinson
Spanish Corps: Amy Louise Davis, Raegan Rooth, Reese Honsinger, Lyla Notchick, Julia Gaddis, Danica Johnson, Sloane Perler, Ana Verano
Lead Reed Pipe: Cosette Kay
Reed Pipes Corps: Lacie Bibelhauser, Mackenzie Johnson, Marissa Baney, Kayla Steh, Gwen Connors, Dejai Williams
Arabian: Jackie Martynow & Daniel Johnson
Chinese: Anna Honsinger, Caedmon Higgins, Raleigh Rooth
Buffoons: Elena Muhari, Zoey Contreras, Ella Borton, Lillian Stephenson, Izabella Johnson, Olivia Mantilla, Coco Bryan, Annie Cabral
Trepak: Yara Hemedeh, Valerie Brice, Mila Eiland, Beata Higgins, Niyah Owen, Amelia Diehl, Caedmon Higgins, Declan Andringa, Julian Brice
Waltz Of The Flowers: Marissa Baney, Lacie Bibelhauser, Cosette Kay, Kayla Steh, Lauren Smalling, Jackie Martynow, Delilah Kuusela, Mackenzie Johnson, De Jai Williams, Gwen Connors
Grand Pas: Sophia Poole & Jalen Williams
Finale: All of Act II