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Nutcracker on Ice Starring Oksana Baiul

Nutcracker on Ice Starring Oksana Baiul

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Classic Ballet on Ice:

Nutcracker on Ice puts the classic holiday ballet on figure skates.

Available on VHS and DVD:

At least four versions of the Nutcracker on Ice have been produced. The most well-known are:

Music:

Tchaikovsky's original music is presented in the Nutcracker ice ballet.

1983's The Nutcracker: a Fantasy on Ice, was a television adaptation for HBO. In that version Tchaikovsky's score was reordered; also, music from other ballets was inserted.

Stage:

In the 1994 production with Oksana Baiul and Viktor Petrenko, the production is on a full size ice rink. The video is a taped production of a live show. The show was originally shown on NBC; later the show was broadcast on cable. The show was reduced to one hour which altered much of the music and the story.

The other productions were produced on stage. The 1998 production with Babilonia and Gardner was filmed at the Auditorio Nacional Theatre in Chapultepec Park, Mexico City.

Story:

The Nutcracker is the story of a young girl named Clara. She receives a Nutcracker doll as a Christmas present. In a dream, the Nutcracker comes to life and becomes a prince. The prince rescues her from the Mouse King and takes Clara to an enchanted land. She meets all sorts of characters including the Sugar Plum Fairy and the waltzing flowers. At the end of the story, Clara wakes up from her delightful dream.

Choreography:

Randy Gardner not only skated in the 1998 version of Nutcracker on ice, but he also was the show's choreographer and director.

How to Purchase Nutcracker on Ice:

Most of the versions of Nutcracker on Ice can be purchased online.

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