History YMMV / TheNutcracker

14th Nov '17 1:49:45 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* MoneyDearBoy: Despite the objections noted below, there are sound financial reasons for staging it every year, not least because it often draws in audiences who don't normally attend the ballet.
13th Nov '17 6:17:29 PM Jeduthun
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* GatewaySeries: This is many people's first introduction to the ballet as a whole, especially for kids because it's quite family-friendly fare, and for non-theater-goers it's a part of holiday festivities. It's acquired a reputation as "Baby's First Ballet," not entirely unfairly as it's likely to be the first ballet most people see these days.
27th May '17 12:25:22 AM DrOO7
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* NightmareFuel: Some versions, like the Marinsky and Ratamansky versions, apply this to the "Waltz Of The Snowflakes" segment, where the snowflakes take on an almost menacing tone and convey the sense that Clara and the Prince are trapped within a potentially fatal snowstorm. The Marinsky version is literally this--lighting of the scene is very dark, the snowflake dancers are clad in black, and the singing is done by an actual children's choir onstage--the ''ghosts'' of children who have ''frozen to death'' in these woods in winters past.
8th Jan '17 12:03:32 PM SeptimusHeap
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* FreudWasRight: The Baryshnikov version, once aired on PBS every Christmas, features adults in the roles of the Nutcracker and Clara...even though the latter is still playing a young girl[[note]]albeit because anyone dancing a ''pas de deux'' with '''Mikhail Baryshnikov''' would have to be a phenomenal dancer, something no one young enough to look the part could have the training to manage. Gelsey Kirkland, on the other hand...[[/note]]. (This adds a certain ''[[GratuitousFrench frisson]]'' to their ''[[GratuitousFrench pas de deux]].'') The Mouse King is the nastiest of the party-goers, and the other gentlemen show up as the rest of the mice. Meanwhile, the whole ballet is orchestrated as a coming-of-age for Clara, who gets a hint of romance with the Nutcracker Prince before being brought back by the ever-watchful Drosselmeyer.
23rd Dec '16 5:35:06 PM SantosLHalper
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** ValuesDissonance: In these times it was more or less normal to have middle-to-high-class young girls marrying older men, though for that to happen, Marie would've been at least some years older.
** At least one animated adaptation ages up Marie to around 12-13, which is the "marriageable" age mentioned above. The Prince/Young Drosselmeier remains more or less his age: this means a 12-year-old girl falls for/marries a boy around 2/3 years older.

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** ValuesDissonance: In these times it was more or less normal to have middle-to-high-class young girls marrying older men, though for that to happen, Marie would've been at least some years older.
** At least one animated adaptation ages up Marie to around 12-13, which is the "marriageable" age mentioned above. The Prince/Young Drosselmeier remains more or less his age: this means a 12-year-old girl falls for/marries a boy around 2/3 years older.
14th Dec '14 1:41:58 PM Bioshock
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** Even ''Tchaikovsky'' called it "[[CreatorBacklash fluff]]".
13th Dec '14 1:45:58 AM Kirayoshi
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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Mother Ginger is very much this. While the other dances in Act 2 are frequently lovely balletic displays, Mother Ginger and her children are played chiefly for laughs.
16th Dec '13 7:59:03 PM Miriam
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* ValuesDissonance: Depending on how much the national ''divertissements'' in the Land of Sweets play on stereotypes.
** The Moor in the Baryshnikov version was done in {{Blackface}}.
16th Dec '13 7:53:06 PM Miriam
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* MoneyDearBoy: Despite the objections noted below, there are sound financial reasons for staging it every year, not least because it often draws in audiences who don't normally attend the ballet.
26th Aug '13 8:11:15 PM Willbyr
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* FreudWasRight: The Baryshnikov version, once aired on PBS every Christmas, features adults in the roles of the Nutcracker and Clara...even though the latter is still playing a young girl [[hottip:* :albeit because anyone dancing a ''pas de deux'' with '''Mikhail Baryshnikov''' would have to be a phenomenal dancer, something no one young enough to look the part could have the training to manage. Gelsey Kirkland, on the other hand...]]. (This adds a certain ''[[GratuitousFrench frisson]]'' to their ''[[GratuitousFrench pas de deux]].'') The Mouse King is the nastiest of the party-goers, and the other gentlemen show up as the rest of the mice. Meanwhile, the whole ballet is orchestrated as a coming-of-age for Clara, who gets a hint of romance with the Nutcracker Prince before being brought back by the ever-watchful Drosselmeyer.

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* FreudWasRight: The Baryshnikov version, once aired on PBS every Christmas, features adults in the roles of the Nutcracker and Clara...even though the latter is still playing a young girl [[hottip:* :albeit girl[[note]]albeit because anyone dancing a ''pas de deux'' with '''Mikhail Baryshnikov''' would have to be a phenomenal dancer, something no one young enough to look the part could have the training to manage. Gelsey Kirkland, on the other hand...]].[[/note]]. (This adds a certain ''[[GratuitousFrench frisson]]'' to their ''[[GratuitousFrench pas de deux]].'') The Mouse King is the nastiest of the party-goers, and the other gentlemen show up as the rest of the mice. Meanwhile, the whole ballet is orchestrated as a coming-of-age for Clara, who gets a hint of romance with the Nutcracker Prince before being brought back by the ever-watchful Drosselmeyer.
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