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Analysis Of The Nutcracker

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The fifth and final 2017 Colorado Springs Philharmonic and Oklahoma City Ballet performance of The Nutcracker took place on Sunday, November 26, 2017, at 2:00 pm at the Pikes Peak Center. This rendition featured Conductor Thomas Wilson, Oklahoma City Ballet Artistic Director Robert Mills, the Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale, and numerous student dancers from the Pikes Peak Region. Through the excellence in the music, dancing, and stage and costume design, this holiday Nutcracker performance not only captured the spirit of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s music but also conveyed the Christmas spirit as well.
The Nutcracker is a fairytale, two-act ballet that is centered around the Stahlbaum family’s Christmas Eve celebration. The plot of this ballet was an adaption by Alexandre Père of a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann with the musical score composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and choreography by Marius Petipa. Act I began with Christmas Eve festivities at the Stahlbaum home with dancing and joyous celebration with family and friends. Herr Drosselmeyer, a family friend, and his apprentice, Hans, arrived at the party, bringing gifts for everyone, including a special wooden Nutcracker for the Stahlbaum’s daughter, Clara. Clara was captivated by the gift, and after the party ended, she snuck into the living room to check on her Nutcracker, where she falls asleep. Suddenly, the living is magically transformed into a battlefield between toy soldiers and giant mice and Clara discovers that
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