The Story of the Nutcracker
The Nutcracker is a holiday fairy tale about a young girl, Clara, and her special Christmas. Her Uncle, Drosselmeyer, is a magical, mysterious character in her life. This Christmas, he has a special gift for her, a beautiful Nutcracker doll. She receives the present from him at the annual family party. After finding out that it can crack nuts, her sister Louise tries it out and breaks it. Clara is upset and the party halts until Drosselmeyer fixes the Nutcracker.
Clara is excited about the new doll, and she wants to stay up all night with it, but her family sends her off to bed. After everyone has left and the family is asleep, Clara sneaks downstairs to look at her Nutcracker doll. She eventually falls asleep, and with a little help from Drosselmeyer's magic, her dream begins.
Mice suddenly wake her and the Mouse King appears and tries to kidnap her and take her to his kingdom. Drosselmeyer reappears to making everything bigger, the Christmas tree, the toy soldiers and the Nutcracker, all to protect Clara. After some mischief from the Mice and Soldiers, the Mouse King battles with the Nutcracker. With help from the Soldiers and Clara, the Nutcracker defeats the Mouse king and sends him and his mice away.
Drosselmeyer turns the Nutcracker into a prince and presents him to Clara. The Nutcracker Prince sweeps Clara away to his special land and to show her his magnificent palace. Their journey takes them through the Enchanted Land of the Snow and The Land of Sweets, where they meet sweets from around the world.
The Sugar Plum Fairy, Arabian dancers, Russian dancers, Chinese dancers, Marizpan, Bon Bons, and the beautiful Waltzing Flowers meet them. The festival concludes when everyone comes together on the court and bids Clara and the Nutcracker Prince farewell. She tells the Nutcracker she wishes the adventure would never end and he tells her it won’t for those who have an eye to see it.
WAUNAKEE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
301 COMMUNITY DR., WAUNAKEE, WI 53597
December 3, 2022 | 2:00 & 6:00pm
$25 ADULTS | $20 FOR CHILDREN UNDER 12
THERE IS NO LIMIT ON THE AMOUNT OF TICKETS YOU CAN PURCHASE.
TICKETS WILL BE SOLD ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS.
On Sale 10/15 at 10:00 AM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13
AT MPA STUDIOS
Order form for photos are available on page 10 of the Nutcracker Informational Packet. Detailed schedule will be posted under the cast member page.
TECH REHEARSALS: November 30 & December 1
DRESS REHEARSAL: December 2
AT WAUNAKEE HIGH SCHOOL PAC
Tech and Dress Rehearsals are mandatory.
Please view the Nutcracker Informational Packet for a detailed schedule.
Following the final performance of The Nutcracker in the Waunakee High School Commons, we will be hosting a Cast Party. There will be pizza, refreshments, and a dance party! Join us to celebrate everyone's hard work and show well done. The cost of the party is included in the cast member participation fee. Each additional guest will be $5 per person. In the Nutcracker Information Packet, refer to page 11, fill in the form, and make guest payment to MPA by Saturday, November 26th.
PHOTOS & VIDEOS
We will have professional photography taking in-studio photos. A professional videographer will be recording at the performances. NEW THIS YEAR: All Nutcracker families will be receiving a DVD and a digital copy of the performances! The fee for this is included in your Nutcracker participation fee and there will be no additional video charges. For the safety of the dancers and comfort of other patrons, absolutely no photography or videotaping is allowed, with or without flash during the performances.
MPA will be providing a program guide during the show, and we would like to offer you an ad space. This advertisement is an inexpensive way to give a “shout out” to your dancer or to help your business with exposure but also help produce MPA’s wonderful show and sponsor the arts in the Waunakee and surrounding communities. This is a great way to get value from your advertising dollars. Ads will be for sale starting with a 1/4 page for $50 and gradually increase from there. MPA has cover pages available in color starting at $100.
Please view the Nutcracker Informational Packet, pages 12-14, for sizes, prices, order form, and more information.
Form and payments due by November 4th!
Volunteering is required. We have made available volunteer opportunities that require time but not money, commitments that can be done far before the show, commitments that require time during the show, and opportunities that definitely put your talents to work! We’re sure everyone will find a way to help us put on such a massive production in a way that is fun and comfortable. We require that each dancer is represented by at least one volunteer position. If you are not able to volunteer for a position there is an opt out fee of $100.00 available to you. All volunteer sign ups or opt out fees are due by Saturday, November 26th.
Photos from 2021 Dress Rehearsal - Thank You Joe Zitzelsberger!