This much loved tale is mostly known as a ballet. However, it began as a classic story of literature by a German author, E.T.A. Hoffmann. The story involves an eccentric inventor whose nephew has been turned into a nutcracker doll by a curse. In order to break the enchantment, the Nutcracker must destroy the Mouse King and find the love of a maiden even in his wooden state. Clara, the inventor's godchild, receives the Nutcracker as a Christmas gift and falls instantly in love with the wooden doll. In a fantasy world, where all the toys come to life, Clara helps the Nutcracker get rid of the evil Mouse King in a thrilling sword fight. The Nutcracker then turns into his former princely self and marries Clara in a heartwarming finale. Six beautiful songs including "Christmas Day," "My Little Man," "Hard Nut to Crack," "Ratvenge," "I Am Not Afraid of You," and "Mimi Likes You-You." A short study guide with classroom activities is included at the back of the script.