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Nutcracker or Casse-Noisette
Ballet in two acts based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's Der Nussknacker und der Mäsekönig'. Its central character is the girl Klara (in Russian Marie or Masha) who is given a nutcracker by her godfather Drosselmeyer for Christmas. She falls asleep,and dreams that she defends it against the King of the Mice. The nutcracker then changes into a handsome Prince, who takes her on a fabulous journey; after passing through a snow-storm, they come to the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar-Plum Fairy honours them with a Grand Divertissement. (H. Koegler op. cit. p.308)