Who Are the Main Characters of the Nutcracker Ballet?
A true Christmas classic, TheNutcracker Ballet has entertained generations with its dreamy score, its stunning costumes, and, of course, its awe-inspiring choreography. While most people have heard of Clara and the Nutcracker Prince, many remain woefully unaware of the true scope of the cast and the production as a whole. Turns out, this ballet includes a variety of intriguing characters.
Top Nutcracker Characters
Different versions of TheNutcracker may include slightly different characters. As an audience member at Ballet Arizona’s production, you can expect to encounter:
Clara. The belle of the ball, Clara is a beloved member of the Stahlbaum family. She takes delight in the Christmas festivities held at her home.
Dr. Drosselmeyer. This mysterious character fascinates the young guests at the Stahlbaum party with magic tricks. He adores children but is especially fond of Clara, as demonstrated by his special gift: a wooden nutcracker.
The Mouse King. Following the party, Clara is awoken from her slumber by terrifying mice. These aren’t just any rodents — they’re giant. They are led by the nefarious Mouse King.
The Nutcracker Prince. If anybody can take on the Mouse King, it’s Clara’s nutcracker, who magically transforms into a handsome prince. He engages in battle with the Mouse King but ultimately relies on Clara to defeat their formidable rodent enemy.
Snow Queen. A beautiful troupe of snowflakes is led by the Snow Queen, who, alongside the Snow King, thanks Clara for her bravery.
Sugar Plum Fairy. The leader of the Kingdom of Sweets, the Sugar Plum Fairy is amazed by Clara’s story. She throws her special guest a huge party, complete with dancing. The Sugar Plum Fairy’s dance is one of the production’s most iconic numbers.
Dew Drop. A fluttering fairy known as Dew Drop leads a gorgeous group of dancing flowers in yet another mystical dance.
Mother Ginger. One of the production’s silliest and most fashionable characters, Mother Ginger can be identified by her larger-than-life attire and her accompanying bon bons.
Our Favorite Act II Dances
The Sugar Plum Fairy may dominate Act II, but her number is just one in a vast lineup of breathtaking performances. Several represent traditions and treats from all around the world. Favorites include:
Don’t miss Ballet Arizona’s The Nutcracker. We’re excited to join the Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall between December 13 and 24. Discover for yourself why this magical production continues to captivate.