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'Tis the holiday season and the Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and the Nutcracker Prince come alive with a teaching and study guide for Tchaikovsky's famous ballet. Background information, activities, games and puzzles are all included in the packet perfect for classrooms or family viewing.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Arrange to visit a live performance of the ballet
  • Record a variety of performances of the same scene and ask viewers to critique the director's choices
Classroom Considerations
  • In a perfect world, class members would witness a live performance of the ballet; however, if such a field trip is not possible, many free versions of the ballet are available through the Internet
  • Although the guide is designed to prepare for a live performance by the Stroia Ballet Company, the background information and activities can be adapted to any performance
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Includes a guide to theater etiquette
  • Also included is a list of fun facts (140 costumes are used in a typical Nutcracker performance)
  • Specific references to the Stroia Ballet Company would need to be removed from some of the materials