Nutcracker season is here! The dancers are excited and practice has begun to prepare for the multiple shows DDD performs throughout the area.
Why We Dance “The Nutcracker”
“The Nutcracker” ballet has been a holiday tradition for more than 125 years. Numerous ballet companies around the world stage the famous ballet every December. Both children and adults enjoy the magical performance, for the catchy songs, the dreamy dancing, the elaborate costumes, the fantastical storyline and the memories that surround the annual tradition.
The setting of “The Nutcracker” is in western Europe in the 1800s. The story opens on Christmas Eve at the home of Hans Stahlbaum, the town mayor. The wealthy Stahlbaum family is hosting a festive holiday party for family and friends.
The Stahlbaum children, Clara and Fritz, are anxiously awaiting the arrival of several invited guests. The home is immaculately decorated for the holidays, complete with a beautifully trimmed Christmas tree. Snow begins to fall as the guests arrive, most bearing gifts.
DDD Performs Act 2 of “The Nutcracker”
The story behind Act 2: Clara and her prince arrive by boat at the Land of the Sweets and are greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy. The prince tells Clara (without words, as the show has no script) that he lives in the Land of the Sweets and rules from the Marzipan Castle. Clara and the prince are entertained by several dance performances including the Spanish Dance, the Arabian Dance, the Chinese Dance and the Waltz of the Flowers. Clara and her nutcracker prince then dance together, in honor of their new friends.
Watch DDD Perform “The Nutcracker”
DDD will be performing their rendition on the following dates and times:
- St. Mary’s Santa Supper on Monday, December 4 at 6:00 p.m.
- Masonic Home on Tuesday, December 5 at 6:30 p.m.
- Dance Out Day at local elementary schools on Wednesday, December 6 (Times TBA)
- Lights of Love at Mid Michigan Medical Center on Thursday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m.
- Come Home to Alma at His Place on Friday, December 8 at 5:00 p.m
- DuHadway Christmas Party at Alma College on Thursday, December 14