Center Theater Group commissioned this musical and awarded it a two week workshop. These clips give a general idea of how this musical will develop.
Written, Directed and Choreographed by Ken Roht
Arranged and Musical Directed by John Ballinger
Nutter is a brash, and often quite awkward, young man. He is employed by a Fagin-esque Drosselmeyer as street corner nut cracker. When Drosselmeyer begrudgingly attends his family's holiday function, he forces Nutter to go with him.
At the party, Nutter and Drosselmeyer's niece, an equally Clara, meet and immediately fall in love. They escape the family functions, romantically roaming the old-town streets. Soon, a gypsy wedding sweeps the loving couple into their traveling festivities.
Drosselmeyer and his pack of hysterical family members also take to the streets, desperate to save Clara from the brazen nut cracker.
They all end up at the gypsys' camp, where Nutter learns to be a man, Clara learns to embrace her independence, and Drosselmeyer learns to let his niece grow up.