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Nine Facts You Never Know About The Nutcracker Ballet!*

DID YOU KNOW? German folklore presents the idea that nutcrackers protect the family and bring good luck to the home. Therefore, nutcrackers were often given to children at Christmastime. The little girl featured in Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet’s production at UDPAC is called Marie not Clara. The Nutcracker ballet is based on the book by German writer E. T. A. Hoffman (1776–1822) The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. The book was published in 1816 and the little girl in the book is called Marie Stahlbaum. The original book is a much more darkly themed version of The Nutcracker story, in

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