QLeft.png The nutcracker-turned-prince defeats the evil mouse king to be transformed back into her normal self. With Clara, who gave her assistance, she embarks on a journey to a mysterious world filled with dancing and treats. QRight.png


The Wonder of the Sugar Plum Fairy

Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Here you go, Clau-chan. The script for "The Nutracker" is done.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Ah, merci, Mahiru.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Though it still feels strange doing "The Nutcracker" when it's not even close to Christmas.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Oh, right. I suppose the ballet is a Christmastime staple.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
It's such a heartwarming story. I adore Clara, and the Nutcracker who turns into a prince...


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
The Sugar Plum Fairy they meet in the Land of Sweets... It's all so perfectly Christmas, I just love it.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Heh heh, I do too. I'll see that I do the Prince's role justice.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
I'm sure, after all your years doing ballet. I'm guessing you've performed it before?


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Bien sur. But of course! I was even selected as prima for it.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Whoa, that's the top ballerina, right? Did you play Clara, then?


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
La Fée Dragée. The Sugar Plum Fairy. Nana will be playing her in our production.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Huh? The most skilled person in the ballet plays...the Sugar Plum Fairy?


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
That's correct.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
The grand pas de deux that she and the Prince dance at the climax is one of the most iconic scenes in all of ballet.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
The technical skill required for those two roles is tremendously high.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
It's on par with Princess Aurora and Prince Désiré in "Sleeping Beauty".


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
"Sleeping Beauty"... You mean the dance they do in Act 3? It's that difficult?


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
With no lyrics or dialogue, a ballet has to be able to captivate with only beautiful music and transcendent athletic performances.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
The why the most challenging, expressive roles are filled by the prima.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
People like me...or Akira Yukishiro.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Yukishiro-san? From Siegfeld?


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Oh right, I remember Yachiyo-chan saying something like that during our exchange program!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
About Yukishiro-san being really good at ballet. Apparently she won all sorts of awards.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Yes, I doubt anyone in our age group who did ballet hasn't heard of her.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Wow, if even YOU'RE saying so...


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Mind you, out of the two of us, I'd say I was the more famous.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
There it is ♪


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Still, I was surprised when I heard Akira had gone to Siegfeld.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Why's that?


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
I just assumed she'd be going abroad to study ballet. She was squarely on the professional path.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
We never went head-to-head in ballet... It feels strange to be competing on the stage now as actors.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
That doesn't seem very strange to me.


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
The stage connects all of us Stage Girls. Having that connection bring us together doesn't surprise me.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Mahiru... I suppose you're right.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
And since the stag has reconnected us...we should show her, too.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
We're inviting Siegfeld, aren't we? To "The Nutcracker".


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
That's what I hear.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
"The Nutcracker", transformed into a revue by the Seisho Music Academy...


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Nana and I will have to ensure that our grand pas de deux as the Prince and Sugar Plum Fairy has Akira Yukishiro and all of Siegfeld spellbound!


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Let's start reading lines straight away, Mahiru!


Mahiru (icon).png Mahiru:
Sure!

I Wanna Crack Nuts!

Karen (icon).png Karen:
Aaah, it's finally lunchtime! Banana, what's on the menu today?


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Today we've got tuna steak and avocado dip sandwiches, by Clau-chan's request ♪


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Oooh, fancy!


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Tuna's best as sashimi, but for a boxed lunch steak makes the most sense.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Tuna's your favorite, huh, Clau-chan?


Nana (icon).png Nana:
It was quite a surprise seeing you eat an entire block of it uncut the other day ♪


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
What can I say? Sinking my teeth into a slab of red meat makes me feel alive.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Ooh, how feral ♪ But I agree that it's important to eat what you love!


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Which is why I'm so grateful to you, Nana.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
You always prepare meals that are good for the body AND heaven on the palate.


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Aww, it's my pleasure ♪


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Heh heh heeeh ♪ Yes! That! Exactly!


Nana, Claudine:
Hmm?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Good for the body! I've got just the thing. Today's Banana Lunch comes with a side of THESE! Ta-daaah!


Nana (icon).png Nana:
A bad full of walnuts and...


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
...a nutcracker doll?


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Is that the prop we used in the play?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Bingo!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
That performance of "The Nutcracker" was sooo good! And you guys COMPLETELY nailed the grand pas de deux, so--


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Yes, yes. Explain to me WHY that nutcracker prop is here.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Oh, that's an easy one... To crack all these nuts!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Did you guys know?! Walnuts are supposed to be super good for you! Tehy're full of those whatchamacallit acids and polyp...paulie...pollos?


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Polyphenols?


Nana (icon).png Nana:
And I think she means Omega-3 fatty acids?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Yeah, those! They're chock full of 'em!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
So today's lunch comes with a side of walnuts!


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
...Nana. What do you think she saw?


Nana (icon).png Nana:
A random TV special on walnuts that happened to be on, if I had to guess.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Yeah... Tha checks out.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Hm? Hmmm? What are we talking about?


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Walnuts. So, Karen. About that nutcracker...


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Yes, yes? What, what!?


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
That's a stage prop. It won't actually crack a walnut.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Huh? ...Huh? Whaaaaaat!? How come nobody told me that!?


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Whoa, you're right! The mouth doesn't even open!


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
And another thing, Karen... These are all Japanese walnuts.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
What, now?


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Their shells are several times harder than a normal walnut's. They'd crack that doll, not the other way around.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Whaaaaat!?


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
I read that you have to soak them in water for two days before you have any chance of cracking them.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
TWO WHOLE DAYS!?


Nana (icon).png Nana:
I'm impressed, Clau-chan. How did you become an expert?


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
B-Because I...


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
I tried the same thing. Years ago, after performing in "The Nutcracker".


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Huh?


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Just like Karen, I tried splitting open some Japanese walnuts in a nutcracker doll.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Oh, wow! I guess that means we're nut un-cracker buddies!


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
But I'll have you know I was in elementary school at the time!


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Aww... I guess we're not buddies... AND I didn't get to crack any nuts, even after I went and borrowed this prop...


Nana (icon).png Nana:
Now, now, Karen-chan. Don't feel down. I'll bake some walnut scones for snacktime tomorrow.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Thanks, Banana... But I wanted to eat today's walnuts today...


Karen (icon).png Karen:
You're really sure we can't crack these open, Clau-chan?


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Absolutely. Those shells are insanely tough.


Karen (icon).png Karen:
Really, really? Not even Futaba-chan could do it?


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Just what do you think Futaba is!?

Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Opera and ballet are different forms of expression, but the desire to entertain the audience is the same.

Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Sweets from different countries make an appearance in "The Nutcracker", though unfortunately none from Japan.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
Apparently Kaoruko wasn't a fan of that, so she got it into her head to shoehorn in elements from traditional Japanese dance.


Claudine (icon).png Claudine:
As long as the audience is entertained, I suppose. I draw the line at changing it to the Nutcracker Japanese Doll, though!

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