THE NUTCRACKER

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Pyotr TCHAIKOVSKY

NUTCRACKER

Ballet in two acts

The first performance was held on 12 March 1966 at the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia

Libretto by

YURI GRIGOROVICH

after the fairy tale by Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann

(based on the original scenario by Marius Petipa)

Choreographer-Producer – Yuri GRIGOROVICHPeople’s Artist of the USSR,

Laureate of the Lenin prize and the State Prizes of the USSR

Designer – Simon VIRSALADZEPeople’s Artist of the USSR,

Laureate of the Lenin prize and the State Prize of the USSR

Music Director – Aidar ABZHAKHANOVHonored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Production Coordinator and Assistant Choreographer – Ruslan PRONINHonored Artist of Russia

Assistant Choreographer – Oxana TSVETNITSKAYA (Russia)

Revival Designer – Mikhail SAPOZHNIKOV (Russia)

Revival Costume Designers – Lyudmila IUS Elena NETSVETAEVA-DOLGALEVA (Russia)

Lighting Designer – Alexey PEREVALOV (Russia)

Choirmaster – Yerzhan DAUTOVHonored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan

A performance with one intermission

Running time – hours 15 minutes

ROLES AND PERFORMERS

Stahlbaum, medical councilor Rakhmetulla NAUANOV

Ildar SHAKIRZYANOV

His Wife Assel KENZHEBEKOVA

Serina SUNAGAWA

Marie, their daughter Madina BASBAYEVA, Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Aigerim BEKETAYEVA

Anel RUSTEMOVA

Gaukhar USINAHonored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Fritz, brother to Marie Anel YESKALIYEVA

Meiz SADVAKASOVA

Drosselmeyer, legal councilor and godfather to Marie and Fritz Zhanibek IMANKULOV

Baurzhan MEKEMBAYEV

Ildar SHAKIRZYANOV

Nutcracker-PrincBakhtiyar ADAMZHAN

Tair GATAUOVHonored Worker of the Republic of Kazakshtan

Yerkin RAKHMATULLAYEV

Doszhan TABYLDY

Nutcracker-Doll Anel YESKALIYEVA

Aizhan KAZHYBAYEVA

Meiz SADVAKASOVA

Nutcracker-Doll Bakhtiyar ADAMZHAN

Eldar SARSEMBAYEV

The Mouse King Azat ZHUMAGULOV

Zhanibek IMANKULOV

Clockwork fays, presents from Drosselmeyer:

Harlequin Bakhtiyar ADAMZHAN

Eldar SARSEMBAYEV

Zhakshylyk TOLOBAYEV

Columbine Nazerke AIMUKHAMETOVA

Gulzira ZHANTEMIR

Assel KUSAINOVA

Aidys SAAYA

She-Devil Diana BATYROVA

Mariko KITAMURA

Seika TONOSAKI

Moldir SHAKIMOVA

He-Devil Bostan KOZHABEKOV

Farukh SYDYRKULOV

Arman URAZOV

Dolls who come alive in Marie’s dream:

Spanish Diana BATYROVA

Gulzira ZHANTEMIR

Serik NAKYSPEKOV

Eldar SARSEMBAYEV

Indian Marat ABDRAKHMANOV

Aisha KALDYBEKOVA

Sungat KYDYRBAY

Baurzhan MEKEMBAYEV

Seika TONOSAKI

Chinese Bakhtiyar ADAMZHAN

Anel YESKALIYEVA

Aizhan KAZHIBAYEVA

Arman URAZOV

Russian Natalya KONDYA

Olzhas MAKHANBETALIYEV

Eldar SARSEMBAYEV

Elena SEMYONOVA

French Nazerke AIMUKHAMETOVA

Baurzhan BURANBAYEV

Azamat ZHANKABAYEV

Gulzira ZHANTEMIR

Assel KUSAINOVA

Aidys SAAYA

Orchestra solo part

English horn – Dariya TURABEKOVA

Final Waltz and Apotheosis, parents, children, mice, lead soldiers, snowflakes

CORPS DE BALLETORCHESTRACHORUS, EXTRAS, CHILDREN’S CHORUS OF ASTANA OPERA HOUSE

Synopsis

Act I

Guests are gathering for a Christmas party at the Stahlbaum home. Among them are Drosselmeyer, godfather to Marie and Fritz, the Stahlbaums’ children. He has brought them a wonderful present: a funny Nutcracker.

The children wait with impatience for when at long last they will be shown the Christmas tree and the presents. The long awaited moment comes: the handsomely adorned Christmas tree is presented to the assembled company.

Drosselmeyer suddenly appears disguised as a magician: he is not recognized by the children. Their unknown guest’s ability to make their toys come alive delights the children but, as everything that is clad in mystery, it involuntarily arouses their fear. In order to calm them down, Drosselmeyer takes off his mask and the children now recognize their beloved godfather.

Marie wants to play with the wonderful dolls which have come alive, but they have already been tidied away. To comfort Marie, Drosselmeyer gives her the Nutcracker-Doll. Marie takes a great liking to this awkward, funny creature.

Marie’s brother Fritz, who is a great tease and very naughty, accidentally breaks the doll. With great tenderness, Marie comforts her injured Nutcracker and rocks it backwards and forwards. Fritz and his friends now put on mouse masks and tease poor Marie. The guests appear from an adjoining room. After the final, ceremonial grossvater dance, they all leave.

Night time. The room in which the Christmas tree stands is bathed in moonlight. It looks mysterious and full of magical secrets. Overcoming her fears, Marie has come to the room to visit her ‘sick’ Nutcracker-Doll. She kisses the doll and rocks it.

Drosselmeyer now appears. But instead of her kind godfather, he has turned into a wizard. At a wave of his hand everything around them is transformed: the walls of the room slide back, the Christmas tree starts to grow. And all the toys come alive and grow together with the tree.

Suddenly, mice creep out from under the floorboards, led by the Mouse King. The dolls are panic-stricken and thrown into confusion. The Nutcracker’s quick wits and bravery save the day: lining up the lead soldiers, he boldly leads them out to do battle with the mice forces. However, the forces are uneven, the advantage is on the side of the evil mice.

The Nutcracker is left alone to face the Mouse King and his suite. Marie is out of her mind with worry over the danger that threatens her doll. At this very moment, Drosselmeyer hands her a lighted candle and she throws it at the mice who scurry away helter-skelter.

The battle field empties. The only person left here is the Nutcracker who lies without moving on the floor. Marie, together with the dolls, hurries to his rescue.

And now a miracle occurs… Before Marie stands a handsome youth, the Nutcracker-Prince. He walks forward to meet her.

The walls of the house disappear. Marie and her friends are standing under a star-studded sky, by a fairy-tale Christmas tree.

Snowflakes circle in a magical dance. Marie and her Nutcracker-Prince, beckon, as if to a beautiful dream, to the twinkling star at the top of the Christmas tree. They climb into a magic boat and set off for the top of the tree. The dolls follow behind them.

Act II

Marie and Nutcracker-Prince are sailing in their magic boat through the Christmas tree kingdom. With them are their friends, the dolls. The shining star is getting closer and closer.

They are just about to reach the top of the tree when they are suddenly attacked by the mice and the Mouse King who have crept up behind them. Once again, the Nutcracker-Prince goes boldly into battle. Horribly frightened, Marie and the dolls watch the fight. The Nutcracker-Prince vanquishes the enemy.

Joyous victory celebrations are underway. The dolls dance, the candles burn even brighter, the Christmas tree comes alive. The evil mice have been defeated. Marie and the Nutcracker-Prince are radiant with happiness – they have reached the kingdom of their dreams!

But… it appears all this was – just a dream. Christmas Eve is over and with it all wonderful reveries… Marie, still in the thrall of the fabulous dream, is sitting at home by the Christmas tree, with the Nutcracker-Doll on her lap.

 

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