08. December 2010 · Comments Off · Categories: Nutcracker, Read Online

Well, okay … maybe not out loud … but I found it humorous:

When you read the program, the story of Ben Stevenson’s production seems the same as umpteen other “Nutcrackers.” But as it unfolds, it’s quite another tale. The Nutcracker – coming to life in time for the battle, but still short and unprepossessing – says to Clara, “I love you, you’re mine, you alone can change my life.” After the battle, however, no sooner is he transformed into a handsome ballet prince than he says to her, “You must meet my wife.” Promptly he partners the Snow Queen, who keeps saying, very sweetly, to Clara, “Darling, you’re my new best friend – but just remember: He’s mine.”

Next he leaves the Snow Queen behind, takes Clara away with him to a whole new realm, and introduces her to the Sugar Plum Fairy, with whom he seems happier yet, and who likewise makes Clara her very best friend. (“But he’s mine.”)

The ballet ends with him back in motion in his human-size Nutcracker form by her bedside, presumably trying to start the whole process of cheating all over again.

RTWT because the beginning, about the audience’s fancy dress, is kind of funny as well. :-)

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