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The Nutcracker Ballet: how would you describe the story to a 2-year-old? - Zer Netmouse
November 25th, 2012
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The Nutcracker Ballet: how would you describe the story to a 2-year-old?
Rosie and I are going to see the Nutcracker Tuesday morning. I remember being confused when I was a kid. I guess I still am. Who is the Sugar Plum Fairy, and why is she dancing? Is the nutcracker the prince? Are you supposed to fear the Mouse King?

If you have any idea what, if anything I should tell Rosie of the story, please let me know. I got a copy of the book and was once again amazed how convoluted everything seemed to be.

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From:minkrose
Date:November 27th, 2012 02:55 am (UTC)
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This is even better than the summary I was trying to concoct -- especially since I haven't been to the Nutcracker since I was very young. I did take ballet, and I had many picture books that told the various stories (including the dark ones, like Giselle, Swan Lake, and others I can't recall the names of). I do remember that the Angelina Ballerina books were favorites, though I was definitely older than 2 by that point.
Mostly, I remember loving the costumes & the dancing, and not caring terribly much about the rest.

(The other reason the story is a bit fuzzy in my head is because Andy & I go to see this (NSFW) burlesque version yearly! Though it's remarkable how many story elements of the original are included; the adaptation was definitely done with love.)
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From:netmouse
Date:December 5th, 2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
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Thank you, this was Very helpful.

Also helpful was that the 1-hr version of the show skipped a lot of things...
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From:guppiecat
Date:November 26th, 2012 06:29 pm (UTC)
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Tell her that, eons ago when dinosaurs walked the Earth, kids had toys that lacked batteries, so things were very boring at night. Later, when those kids grew up, they missed the way things used to be, and invented a story about their old toys that didn't make sense, but that didn't matter because it made them happy.

This story was turned into a show, 'cause people like to dance, and the show got popular because it reminded people about their old toys.

Today, people still go to the show because they remember liking the show when they were little even though very few living people actually remember playing with the original toys that sparked the whole thing.

Hmm... after reading that, it just might be as convoluted as the original story.
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