Pre-Concert Discussion with Maestro Heuser, 6:30pm, Civic Auditorium Lower Level
Every child in attendance will be entered into a drawing to win a beautiful Nutcracker to take home!
The magical Nutcracker Ballet will take you and your kids on the journey of a lifetime. And for one night only, you can hear Tchaikovsky's beautiful ballet performed live by the musicians of the Idaho Falls Symphony. When the thrill of live performance combines with the breathtaking production of the Eugene Ballet Company, audiences of all ages will be whisked away to the Mouse Kingdom and the Kingdom of Sweets!
About the Eugene Ballet: Founded in 1978, the Eugene Ballet Company has grown from a community-based dance group into one the West’s busiest and most versatile professional dance companies. The Company has a repertoire of over 100 ballets and has performed in over 100 cities, including international tours to Canada, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Syria, Jordan, Tunisia and Taiwan. The works of artistic director Toni Pimble have long been a mainstay of Company repertory, including a wide range of classical and contemporary works as well as an award-winning series of education programs. Ms. Pimble’s work is known for being innovative, appealing and provocative; she has been awarded a Choreographer Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Master’s Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission.
Concert Sponsors: Thrivent Financial, North Wind Group, Idaho Treatment Group, Green Kids Club. Baton Sponsor: Stan & Lorena Murdock.
THE NUTCRACKER STORY
Herr Drosselmeyer, a well-known toy maker in the town of Kleindorf, prepares to depart for the Stahlbaum’s annual Christmas party. His nephew, Hans, assists in the shop serving last minute customers and packing boxes. Drosselmeyer puts the finishing touches to a Nutcracker doll, a gift for the Stahlbaum’s daughter, Clara. Meanwhile, out in the street two families are on their way to the party. At the Stahlbaum’s home the children’s governess helps an excited Clara dress for the Christmas party. Clara receives a fan from her parents as she is now becoming a young woman. Fritz, her younger brother, bursts into the bedroom. He is very excited about his Christmas gift, a hobbyhorse. Drosselmeyer and Hans are on their way to the Stahlbaum party.
The Christmas Party
At the Stahlbaum Christmas party the children are given gifts from underneath the tree. Herr Drosselmeyer and Hans arrive in the midst of the festivities. It becomes clear that Hans admires Clara. However, Fritz keeps pestering them. He does not understand that both Hans and Clara are growing up. Drosselmeyer performs some magic tricks to entertain the children. Clara gives Hans a Christmas gift of a scarf. Then, two mysterious boxes arrive. Each box contains two large mechanical dolls created by Herr Drosselmeyer to entertain the children. After the dolls have been put away, Drosselmeyer gives a nutcracker to Clara and Fritz becomes jealous. He snatches the nutcracker from Clara and breaks it. Clara is upset, but Hans comforts her as Drosselmeyer mends the nutcracker doll. It is time to go home and Hans gives Clara her first kiss as he prepares to depart.
Clara goes to bed with her nutcracker tucked under her arm. She “wakes” to discover her bed is being spun by two large mice in the living room. They chase Clara out of her bed and around the room. As Clara tries to escape, the room transforms into a Mouse Kingdom before her eyes. Clara runs to the clock where she hides her nutcracker inside the casement. Mice appear from everywhere and chase her until she falls in front of the clock. The clock explodes and turns into a sentry box with a life-size Nutcracker inside. The mice drag Clara away from him as the Mouse King arrives in a pirate ship. Clara is hauled on board by the nasty rodent while the Nutcracker calls on his troops to fight the mice and rescue Clara. A terrific battle ensues between the Mouse King and the Nutcracker. Just as the Mouse King is about to kill the Nutcracker, Clara hits the Mouse King with her slipper.
The Winter Land
Clara finds herself alone in a winter scene except for the Nutcracker lying where he fell. She runs to him and shakes him. She begins to cry, believing he is dead. He stirs and rises up. Clara sees that he is Hans, Drosselmeyer’s nephew, dressed as a handsome soldier. Hans takes her hand and they begin to dance. As they travel across the frozen lake, they have a wonderful time watching the friendly skaters.
INTERMISSION – 20 minutes
The Kingdom of Sweets
Hans takes Clara to the Kingdom of Sweets, her reward for saving the Nutcracker Soldier from the Mouse
King. When they arrive, they are greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. The Cavalier gives Hans a gift for coming to Clara’s rescue. Clara is entertained with a festival of dances in her honor. Dancers from Spain, Arabia, China and Russia perform for her. Hans rises and invites Clara to join a group of beautiful women in a waltz. The Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier dance a grand pas de deux just for Clara. All the magical characters join in a final dance. Clara’s mind races as the dancers whirl about her. Suddenly, she wakes to find herself sitting in her bed clutching her nutcracker doll. To her surprise Clara sees that her little nutcracker doll is now wearing a cloak - and she wonders…was it really a dream?