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Sat 3 Dec 2011, 5:00pm–7:00pm
Sun 4 Dec 2011, 5:00pm–7:00pm

Where: Royal Wanganui Opera House, 69 Saint Hill St, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $17.00
  • Senior: $15.00
  • Child: $13.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Presented by Shirley McDouall School of Dance.

This production of The Nutcracker has been produced and choreographed by Shirley McDouall and Melissa Tate.

The story commences with the arrival of the guests to the Christmas party at the house of Dr and Frau Stahlbaum and their two children Clara and Fritz.

Among the guests is a magician Drosselmeyer. The children are fascinated by his tricks. Drosselmeyer gives Fritz a box of soldiers and Clara a wooden Nutcracker as Christmas gifts. The children are delighted. During Clara’s dance with the nutcracker, Fritz snatches the toy and it breaks. Clara is very upset, but Drosselmeyer comforts her and mends the toy. Just as the guests are about to leave they are all horrified to see a large rat run across the room.

Clara and Fritz retire to bed but Clara later returns to the Christmas Tree to look at the Nutcracker...she falls asleep...the rest of the story is her dream where the Nutcracker turns into a soldier and Drosselmeyer casts a spell over her to have many adventures to the Land of Snow, to the Land of Sweets, to see dances in other lands and to watch the Waltz of the Flowers.