When I was little, I was a bit of a ballet nut. I used to take classes, so I guess it makes sense why I’ve always had a love of the art. Whatever the case, this Christmas season I wanted to review a retelling of one of the more famous ballet stories, The Nutcracker.
It is the night of Christmas Eve and Marie is excited for the festivities. When her godfather Drosselmeyer appears, she can’t wait to open her gift, for his presents are always the best. This year, she’s received a lovely Nutcracker and it comes with a story. As their godfather weaves a story both magical and fascinating, Marie is amazed by this tale. When midnight falls, the story comes to life for Marie, drawing her into a world where magic abounds, fairies dance in a land of sweets – and a dangerous Rat King lurks waiting to finish the job his dastardly mother started. Can she save her beloved Nutcracker before it’s too late?
Michael Hague does a masterful job of not only retelling the story we know and love, but also of re-writing the story in such a way that it manages to incorporate most of the original elements from E. T. A. Hoffman’s original text. For those who have never experienced the original Nutcracker story outside of the ballet, this is an intriguing look into the tale that has captured the imaginations of people all over the world.