This delightful adaptation of the timeless holiday ballet features eight songs, dances and a script that are created especially for the young performer. This production will provide an opportunity for young people everywhere to experience the magical kingdom of the NUTCRACKER firsthand. The curtain opens on a Christmas Eve party at the home of Fritz and Marie. The gift of a tiny nutcracker from their Godfather causes a bit of a family disturbance but it is that very gift that starts us on our magical journey to the land of sweet dreams. At the stroke of midnight, the Nutcracker is transformed. He leads his army in a victorious encounter with the evil Mouse King after which he escorts Marie on an enchanted journey to Candy Meadow, Cookie County and the Kingdom of Sweets. They meet all sorts of interesting people on their travels: a Sugar Plum Fairy, the Russian Bakers, the Candy Flutes, Chinese Tea Dancers, beautiful Arabian Dancers and wonderful Waltzing Flowers. Let the dialogue and eight delightful songs whisk you away on this marvelous journey with Marie and the Nutcracker. Available: Teacher's Manual, Singer's Edition 5-Pak, Performance/Accompaniment CD, Video. Performance Time: 40 minutes. For Grades 3-8.