Synopsis / Swan Lake
Prince Siegfried arrives at his twenty-first birthday celebration in the palace courtyard to find all of the royal families and townspeople dancing and celebrating, while the young girls are anxiously seeking his attention. Amidst the celebration, his mother gives him a crossbow and informs him that because he is of age now, his marriage will soon be arranged. With the sudden realization of his future responsibilities, he takes his crossbow and makes haste to the woods with his hunting companions. Getting ahead of the group, the prince finds a peaceful spot by an enchanted lake with swans gently floating across. Siegfried notices that most beautiful swan with a crown on its head. His buddies soon catch up, but he orders them to leave so he can be by himself. As dusk falls, the swan with the crown turns into the most beautiful young woman he has ever seen. She is Odette, the Swan Queen. She informs the young prince that an evil sorcerer, von Rothbart (unbeknownst to Siegfried, his own tutor) has transformed her and the other maidens into swans, the lake having been formed by their own parents' tears. She tells him that the only way the spell could be broken would be if a man, pure in heart, pledges his love to her. However, von Rothbart, fearing the failure of his plans, uses his occult powers to transform his own daughter, Odile, into the likeness of Odette... From here on, the story can have multiple endings, whether happy, bittersweet, or cruel.