★ The Nutcracker Ballet Quiz ★

1) What is the name of the book that "The Nutcracker" is based on?

1. Drosselmeyer's Gift
2. March of the Wooden Soldiers
3. The Nutcracker and Clara
4. The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

2) Who wrote this book?

1. Charles Dickens
2. Alexander Dumas
3. Mark Twain
4. E. T. A. Hoffmann

3) Which composer created the music for "The Nutcracker"?

1. Tchaikovsky
2. Stravinsky
3. Chopin
4. Mozart

4) The orchestration for "The Nutcracker" is unique because of the use of which instrument?

1. Piano
2. Harp
3. Flute
4. Celesta

5) During which scene does a chorus join the orchestra?

1. Party Scene
2. Battle Scene
3. Land of Sweets
4. Land of Snow

6) In what year did "The Nutcracker" make its United States debut?

1. 1892
2. 1944
3. 1934
4. 1919

7) Who is credited with choreographing the longest-running production of "The Nutcracker" in the United States?

1. Marius Petipa
2. George Balanchine
3. Helgi Tomasson
4. William Christensen

8) How many acts are there in full-length production of "The Nutcracker"?

1. 4
2. 2
3. 1
4. 3

9) In the Party Scene, what are the families celebrating?

1. The New Year
2. Grandparents' anniversary
3. Christmas
4. Clara's birthday

10) What is Herr Drosselmeyer's primary profession?

1. Dollmaker
2. Scientist
3. Magician
4. Inventor

11) Who is The Nutcracker's antagonist?

1. Drosselmeyer
2. Mouse King
3. Fritz
4. Herr Stahlbaum

12) What does Clara use to distract The Nutcracker's opponent in the Battle Scene?

1. Her slipper
2. A candle
3. The Nutcracker's sword
4. Fritz's trumpet

13) What does The Nutcracker transform into?

1. A rabbit
2. A mouse
3. A king
4. A prince

14) Of what classical dance form is the Snow music?

1. Waltz
2. Polka
3. Gigue
4. Minuet

15) Who is the ruler of the Land of Sweets?

1. Gumdrop Fairy
2. Dewdrop Fairy
3. Sugarplum Fairy
4. Lilac Fairy

16) How many divertissements are there in the second act?

1. 8
2. 6
3. 4
4. 2

17) Of what classical dance form is the Flowers music?

1. Gigue
2. Waltz
3. Polka
4. Minuet

18) Which role in "The Nutcracker" did The Traveling Ballerina *not* perform in her professional career?

1. Snow Queen
2. Sugarplum Fairy
3. Dewdrop Fairy
4. Clara

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Cherilyn J. Lee

Cherilyn's lifelong passion for ballet has opened the door to the next chapter of her journey. Her strong foundation includes training at the School of American Ballet, being a featured dancer with Hartford Ballet and Carolina Ballet, and being co-director/owner of City Ballet Raleigh. She was granted the Affiliate Teacher Award after successfully completing the ABT National Training Curriculum®. A professional career in the industry along with extensive global travel provide her with a unique set of experiences to draw upon as an audience member. Cherilyn is excited to be sharing her insight about ballet performances around the world.

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