Whether your favorite holiday memories and traditions involve trimming the tree, building a spectacular gingerbread house, or drinking hot chocolate in front of the fireplace, is there anything that puts you in the holiday mood more than hearing the first few bars of Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies”? This joyful music makes me think of marching toy soldiers in bright red jackets and twirling sugar plum fairies. Here we collected a few of our memories of The Nutcracker.
Lara Starr, Children’s Publicist
“My son, Max (picture in the lower right hand corner), as a Toy Soldier in his combined Kindergarten/1st Grade class’ production of The Nutcracker. Well, not the full Nutcracker, these squirmy 5, 6 and 7 year old soldiers and Sugar Plum Fairies only had the patience for abbreviated (though adorable) choreographed dances and a joyous finale that involved of a lot of running around and leaping.”
Albee Dalbotten, Associate Marketing Director, Entertainment/Digital
“Hearing the overture to The Nutcracker is really the thing that gets me in the holiday spirit every year. It brings me back to countless hours rehearsing for the ballet, starting in September each year. In my 10 years dancing in The Nutcracker, I played everything from a mouse to Chinese Tea (shown – top row, third from the right), Spanish Chocolate and Arabian Coffee and danced in the Snow Scene (my favorite). Most of my favorite holiday memories are connected to this festive ballet!”
Tara Creehan, Designer
“My parents would take my sister and me to The Nutcracker here in San Francisco every year when we were kids, and so it feels so special to get to take my niece and carry on the tradition. She loves getting dressed up, and acting out all of the scenes afterwards. She becomes Clara! Also, it’s so fun for me to watch something as an adult that I’d experienced so vividly as a child.”
The Nutcracker: A Magic Theater Book is perfect both for those going to see The Nutcracker for the first time and those who have seen numerous performances. Turn the pages to create a moving picture, where intricately cut-out characters spring to life. This re-telling by award-winning author Geraldine McCaughrean is rich with the sweetness of a fairytale romance and sprinkled with the whimsy of a candy cane kingdom.
Watch this magical video to see how the book works.
Share your favorite Nutcracker memory with us in the comments section. Three lucky commenters will win a copy of The Nutcracker: A Magic Theater Book. Winner will be chosen on December 17 (giveaway good in the US and Canada only).
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