Adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic novel by award-winning playwright John Murrell. In this innovative version of the world famous Christmas story, The Secret of the Nutcracker tells of 12-year-old Clara’s magical journey on Christmas Eve to find her father in a World War II Prisoner of War camp. Along with her mother and her two brothers, she longs for some word on him, which eventually comes from an unexpected source—the mysterious and magical stranger Drosselmeyer, who befriends Clara and encourages her to believe that miracles can happen.
The Secret of the Nutcracker is directed by Eric Till and features the music of Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Four dance spectacles, featuring the world famous Alberta Ballet, create the magic of Clara’s fantasy dream world woven into this dramatic and timeless story.