Clara and the Nutcracker Prince is a respectful reimagining of an original tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. The year is 1994. When Clara's beloved grandmother, Nana dies, Clara's father decides to move the family from Nuremberg to Boston. On the eve of her first Christmas without her beloved Nana, Clara makes a wish and finds herself in a fantastic world created by her eccentric uncle Drosselmeyer, a world of mechanical dolls, a pesky gnome and an army of vicious mice. A handsome Nutcracker becomes her guide and her rescuer as she makes her way through the beautiful world of dancing dolls, in her quest to find her Nana.
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About the Author
For 20 years Ben lived in Los Angeles working in the film and television industry with such stars as John Travolta, Ben Vereen, Francis Coppola, George Burns, Cher, George Lucas, Danny Kaye, Martin Landau, Lucille Ball, Brooke Shields and Sylvester Stallone. While in New York, Ben studied acting at the H.B. Studios, under Herbert Berghoff. In Los Angeles, he studied at the Actor's Studio, and with Martin Landau and Jeff Corey.
Ben began his professional career as a principal dancer with Ballet West and a soloist with the Pennsylvania Ballet, in Philadelphia. He went on to star in A Chorus Line on Broadway, and danced with Ann Margret in Las Vegas. He starred in the film Breaking and was a dancer in the films Staying Alive and Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. He danced with Michael Jackson in his videos Thriller and Captain EO, and with Olivia Newton John in her video Lets Get Physical. Ben has choreographed, directed and performed in film, television, video, commercials, opera, ballet and theatre. He choreographed the New Zealand national touring production of the hit musical Chicago, as well as performing the role of Amos in that production. Ben directed and choreographed two new productions for the world famous Casino De Monte Carlo, on the French Riviera, co-produced and performed in a production of Tennessee Williams Night of the Iguana, for the Mississippi Repertory Theatre Company, and produced, directed and performed in My Way, a tribute to Frank Sinatra, at Casino Magic. And he directed and choreographed The Rat Pack Is Back, a tribute to Frank, Sammy, Joey and Dean, presently running in Las Vegas and touring nationally.
At the suggestion of film director/writer Francis Ford Coppola, Ben began writing and presently has six books in print, available on Amazon.com.
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