★ The Nutcracker Ballet Quiz ★

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

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

2) Who wrote this book?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10) What is Herr Drosselmeyer's primary profession?

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

11) Who is The Nutcracker's antagonist?

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

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

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

13) What does The Nutcracker transform into?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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