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The Christmas Nutcracker

publication date: Nov 18, 2010
author/source: Anne Coates
The Christmas NutcrackerThe fabulous story of the wooden Nutcracker has been transported to another era and another world as Tchaikovsky's powerful music works its magic for another audience and encapsulates the wonder of Christmas.

Set during the Second World War in Alberta, The Christmas Nutcracker features Clara, a 12 year old whose father is a prisoner of war in Germany. Sent on an errand to the local store cum post office, Clara is delighted to receive a postcard from her father and on her way home to tell her family she meets Drosselmeyer – played by the inimitable Brian Cox – who enchants her into inviting him to spend Christmas eve with her family.

Drosselmeyer arrives complete with gifts for her two brothers and the wooden Nutcracker for Clara who is granted a special wish to see her father. Four exquisite dance spectacles, performed by the world renowned Alberta Ballet are woven into the narrative to create Clara's dream world. An excellent way to introduce ballet to children.

The Christmas Nutcracker is a worthy adaptation of the novel and the film has something for everyone. A family treat during the festive season – you may need some tissues! – and Janelle Jorde as Clara makes an impressive debut.

The Christmas Nutcracker [DVD] from Revolver Entertainment is available from Amazon.