The Nutcracker

by  David Perkins, Jenifer Toksvig

Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  8m, 4f, 1boy(s) or girl(s)

The Nutcracker is a magical musical play for young people, inspired by E. T. A. Hoffman's The Nutcracker and The Mouse King

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    8m, 4f, 1boy(s) or girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences, Christmas/Holiday
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

It's Christmas: the best time of year for toys and stories. But all over the world, the magic of Make Believe is fading. Only the toys know the truth: the Queen and King of mouses have stolen the Christmas Star and used its magic to turn the Prince of Make Believe into a wooden Nutcracker. Can Clara and her brother Fritz bring the Nutcracker back to life, help him defeat the House of Mouse, and restore him to the throne? First, they must believe...

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • Community Theatre
  • Youth/Camp Programs

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.


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Production

Details

  • Time Period: Victorian (British and American)
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Features / Contains: Fantasy Costumes, Period Costumes

Casting

8m, 4f, 1boy(s) or girl(s)

GODFATHER DROSSELMEYER* (m)
CLARA (f)
FRITZ (m)
MARIE* (f)
CAPTAIN FREDERIC* (m)
SUGARPLUM FAIRY* (f)
THE NUTCRACKER* (m)
MOUSE KING* (m)
MOUSE QUEEN* (f)
3 GINGERBREAD MEN* (m)

CHORUS OF 'MOUSES'

TOYS (Optional)

*Could be played by older children or adults

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Cast Attributes

  • Features Children
  • Flexible casting
  • Roles for Children

Casting Notes

LARGE CAST

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

Piano / Vocal Score

2nd Keyboard

Bass Guitar

Drums

Backing Tracks

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Authors

David Perkins

David works as a composer, pianist, MD and music arranger. His specialization is writing and collaborating on musicals for the youth/schools market and shows aimed at young/family orientated audiences. Published works include Shake Ripple & Roll, Pandemonium! (a Greek Myth-adventure) and Skool & Crossbones with lyricis ...

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Jenifer Toksvig

Jenifer Toksvig writes musical theatre for storytellers of all ages. With composer David Perkins, she has written several shows for young people to perform, including The Curious Quest for the Sandman's Sand

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First performed at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, UK on 6th December 2012

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