[2013] John Semenchuk (Tanguay): The Nutcracker

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[2013] John Semenchuk (Tanguay): The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

* The Nutcracker was originally written in 1891* The play was written off Alexandre Dumas's adapatation of E.T.A. Hoffmann's story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King* Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote all of the music for The Nutcracker* Other famous ballets by Tchaikovsky include Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, and Iolanta * Marius Petipa choreographed all dances and scenes for the ballet* It was a reliatively short ballet at only two acts and one intermission* The play first primiered at the Marinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia on December 18, 1892

The Nutcracker is one of the most famous holiday plays and is seen all over the world every year in hundreds of cities and by millions of people. It is written by a famous ballet writer, and the music is composed by one of the most recognisable composers ever. Even though this ballet was written over a century ago it can still be enjoyed all around the world today.

* Some prominent songs: - The Dance of the Sugar- Plum Fairy - The Dance of the Snowflakes - Waltz of the Flowers* Is about a prince who was turned into a nutcracker and given to a girl for Christmas* The Prince, saves Clara, the girl, from the Mouse King and then travels to the land of sweets for a lavish night of feasting* Antonietta Dell'Era, an Italian ballet dancer, was the original actor for the role of The Sugar Plum Fairy* The Nutcracker was one of the few plays to use real children for child's roles in the ballet* At first, the Nutcracker was not a very popular play and was even reviewed as amateurish * Several new adaptations of the play were made subsequent to the original* Not until nearly a hundred years later was the original play shown attention and became popular * Is the most popular Christmas- themed play

The Nutcracker was one of the the first plays to open at Carnegie Hall

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy


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