The Nutcracker is a wonderful ballet suitable for all members of the family. Georgina Pay School of Dance offered its own very special performance of this lovely ballet in March 2015 which offered a wonderful afternoon and evening of dance!

The performers were all aged between 3 and 17 with over 30 of the middle and senior students having been seasoned members of the Three Counties Youth Ballet. Other students from the school, who also performed with TCYB, have now gone on to train full time at the Royal Ballet School, Central School of Ballet, Elmhurst School for Dance and Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.

The children worked together to produce a captivating, and polished performance with the added delight of seeing the very littlest members of the school joining the older students on the stage.

Our Nutcracker story in brief!

ACT I
Herr Stahlbaum and his wife are giving a Christmas Party. Clara and Fritz, their children, greet the guests. Suddenly, the mysterious Dr. Drosselmeyer arrives and entertains the children with his magical tricks and wind-up dolls.
Dr. Drosselmeyer brings a special gift for Clara – a wooden nutcracker. In a jealous fit, Fritz breaks it. Dr. Drosselmeyer quickly repairs it.
The party ends, the guests leave, and the Stahlbaums retire for the night. Clara awakens as the clock strikes midnight. Suddenly, the room fills with giant mice who attack Clara. Life-size toy soldiers, led by her valiant Nutcracker, come to her rescue. The King Rat attacks the Nutcracker, but Clara hits him over the head with her shoe and the Nutcracker wins the battle. After the battle, the Nutcracker is transformed into a handsome prince.
The Nutcracker Prince turns the Stahlbaums house into the Land of Snow. The Snow Queen dances with the Snowflakes. Clara and the Nutcracker Prince depart for the Kingdom of Sweets in an enchanted sleigh.

ACT II
Clara and the Nutcracker Prince continue their journey until they arrive in the land of Sweets where they are greeted by the sugar bonbons. Clara and the Nutcracker Prince are entertained by the sweeties as they dance followed by chocolate: a Spanish Dance, the Mirlitons, coffee: an Arabian Dance, a Russian Dance, tea: a Chinese Dance and Waltz of the Flowers.
Then, the Nutcracker Prince dances a Tarantella for Clara. Sugar Plum attendants, dance to introduce the Sugar Plum Fairy who then performs for Clara to bring the celebrations to a close. Clara drifts off to sleep and then awakens to find the rose given to her by her Prince!