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The Nutcracker Ballet Theatre
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The Nutcracker Ballet Theatre

by Jean Mahoney, Viola Anne Seddon (Illustrator)
 
This charming miniature theater invites children to create their own Nutcracker ballet — with the help of toy dancers to twirl, backdrops to change, a CD of musical selections, and a guide to staging scenes.

For every child who has ever imagined flying off with Clara to the Land of Sweets — and for every child ready to be transported to the

Overview

This charming miniature theater invites children to create their own Nutcracker ballet — with the help of toy dancers to twirl, backdrops to change, a CD of musical selections, and a guide to staging scenes.

For every child who has ever imagined flying off with Clara to the Land of Sweets — and for every child ready to be transported to the magical realm of THE NUTCRACKER for the first time — this beribboned theater is the ultimate gift. Inside you'll find:

- A mini stage with changeable backdrops and scenery
- Six main characters on sticks, for twirling onstage
- Ten more characters available on punch-out sheets
- A booklet retelling the story of THE NUTCRACKER and offering scene-by-scene staging instructions
- A CD of musical selections from THE NUTCRACKER score
- Intriguing facts about ballet history, Tchaikovsky, and Christmas traditions
- Even a recipe for making sugar plums!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A holiday favorite comes to life on a miniature stage in The Nutcracker Ballet Theatre by Jean Mahoney, illus. by Viola Ann Seddon, packaged with an audio CD. The story's summary is contained in an elegant box, from which the stage floor folds out, and interchangeable backdrops help readers imagine the drama; glossy paper figures are mounted to plastic tubes for easy pirouettes. The enclosed book also gives background information on ballet and suggests recipe and ornament ideas. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Just the thing for balletophiles of a certain age, this ballet-in-a-box includes a CD of musical selections and narrative, a paperback story of the ballet, a pull-down stage with three changeable scene backdrops, and stationary characters as well as a dozen mounted on sticks. These sticks, when placed in a small hole on the stage floor, make the main characters able to be twirled and children can have fun recreating the Nutcracker Ballet over and over. The low-tech approach to imaginative play is easily put away and practically made so as to hold up to some abuse. The tagboard figures are likenesses of dolls which Seddon stuffed, sewed, and decorated and an invitation to make your own is included. Along with the story are directions for making real sugarplums, notes about ballet shoes, nutcracker history, and a bit about lighting your ballet with a flashlight and colored cellophane. A cleverly informative and creative gift, this set is boxed with its own ribbon bow. It is just right to play with while imagining a real ballet, or a perfect follow-up gift for those lucky ones who will see the ballet during the holiday season. 2004, Candlewick, Ages 6 to 9.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763624538
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
09/13/2004
Pages:
12
Product dimensions:
9.71(w) x 8.02(h) x 2.02(d)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Jean Mahoney is the author of three books for adults on Japanese architecture and design. She has led a nomadic life and first had the inspiration for the NUTCRACKER project while living in Vienna, where she attended the opera and often lamented over the dull librettos. She says, "There¹s nothing like sitting in a darkened theater when suddenly the orchestra pit lights up, and the sound of the instruments tuning up washes over the audience. THE NUTCRACKER BALLET THEATRE is that memory made tangible, a magical moment in miniature."

Viola Ann Seddon grew up in Melbourne, Australia, where her childhood revolved around the performing arts, ballet, and opera. She has fond memories of seeing THE NUTCRACKER ballet over and over again, memories that she combined with her love of doll-making to produce THE NUTCRACKER BALLET THEATRE. "I have sewn, painted, and dressed the performers in this set, and since Clara is the leading lady, she resembles my first childhood doll," she says. "I have spent a large part of my life making dolls, which invariably take on lives of their own." The illustrator of two children's books, Viola Ann Seddon currently lives in London.

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