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Marie? Clara? Masha? What is the name of the main female character in The Nutcracker?

by Treva Bedinghaus Updated July 02, 2017 Is Clara the name of the main female character in the Nutcracker ballet? In some references, the young heroine is referred to as “Marie” or “Masha.” Is her name really Clara, Marie or Masha? What is interesting is the answer varies with who you ask, and who is developing the production. The answer can vary widely, although, most agree “Clara,” is the popular answer. THE MAIN FEMALE CHARACTER OF THE NUTCRACKER In most versions of the popular holiday ballet The Nutcracker, the young girl who falls asleep and dreams about a prince is

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