Before there was Toy Story, there was The Nutcracker. Masha, one of ballet’s pluckiest heroines, journeys to a land where toys come to life.
The Nutcracker, based on a fairy tale by Hoffman isn’t just for Christmas. Tchaikovsky’s lustrous music and the magnificent choreography of Marius Petipa have made this beloved story a must-see for children of all ages.VIEW SYNOPSIS
The children of Counselor Stahlbaum, Masha and Fritz, ask their father to buy them the wonderful dolls displayed in the window of the toy shop. He does not agree, but secretly negotiates with his friend Drosselmeier to send dolls to the children for Christmas. The Master sends gifts and prepares a surprise – a small doll for cracking nuts – the Nutcracker.
On Christmas Eve the guests gather in the house of the Counselor. Children can’t wait to see the Christmas tree and holiday gifts. The coveted moment comes: the master of dolls comes dressed in a costume of a wizard and surprises everyone with his art. Clockwork dolls dance for all guests. Drosselmeyer gives Masha a funny Nutcracker. Fritz accidentally breaks it. Masha gently comforts her new favorite toy, her brother and his friends, wearing masks of mice tease sad Masha. Everyone dance once again and leave.
Masha falls asleep in her bedroom. But even in her sleep she keeps worrying about broken Nutcracker. The clock beats midnight. By the wave of Drosselmeyer’s hand everything changes: room walls move apart, the Christmas tree begins to grow, all toys come to life. Tin soldiers under the command of the Nutcracker march around the room. Suddenly, mice come out of the underground, led by the Mice king. The dolls are terrified and confused. Only the courage of the Nutcracker saves them. An unequal battle is tied up and the Nutcracker is left alone with the King of Mice and his retinue. Masha, seeing the danger threatening her toy, takes off her slipper and throws it to the King of mice. Mice scatter scared. And then a miracle happens …. There is no more funny ugly doll – a handsome prince stands in front of Masha. He thanks her for her salvation and invites her to follow her. The waltz of the snowflakes carries our heroes in their dance.
The amazing journey of Masha and the Prince continues. They sail along the sea to the city of sweets in Confitureurburg, the ruler of which is the Nutcracker. Suddenly, the mice are attacking again. The Nutcracker defeats the enemies. The inhabitants of the city gladly greet Masha and Prince. The good puppet Mater appears and turns the Kingdom of Sweets into a rose garden. Masha and the prince are happy! But all of this is just a dream. It was a Chrsitams Eve and night dreams disappear with it. There comes a new day. Masha sits by the Christmas tree and there is a Nutcracker toy on her lap…