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This family musical loosely follows the story of the Nutcracker Ballet, adding lyrics to Tchaikovsky's score. The result is a whimsically surreal story of a poor street vendor, a nut cracker named Nutter, who falls in love with his boss's niece, Clara.

The project was originally commissioned by Center Theater Group. They awarded it a two week workshop to explore various theatrical approaches, effective storytelling and
basic choreography.

SYNOPSIS
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.

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released May 1, 2015

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Track Name: Sticky Wicket
What a sticky wicket wow, oh MY
Nutter's in his clutches is about to-die
Drosselmeyer's frantic,
Clara's in a pantic
Nutter's all kerfuffled cause he knows he's going to DIE

Such a sticky wicket wow, oh NO
A dreamy dinner date with Clara comes to-blows
Dross is in a crisis
Icky midlife crisis
Sticks and stones'll break your bones
And Nutter's going to DIE

But dear ole Drosselmeyer lives and feels so awful now that Clara's all alone

No more Nutter near her,
Not another Nutter near her (beat of rest)
No more Nutter near her,
Not another Nutter near her
Clara’s all alone

What on earth are those two rambling on about
Hey fellas, let me help

Once a sticky wicket now, is fine
Put that bitty muscle tussle far behind (you.. sung low)
Couldn't be more peachy
Drosselmeyer's reaching
To fix the tie of Nutter (Yah)

But Nutter has no tie

Once a sticky wicket now, is fine
Put the widdow rugged huddle far behind (you.. sung low)
Couldn't be more happy
This ballet's always happy... ding dang done


What about the part where Dross and fam'ly went a'hunting Nutter down
They came, they weren’t mice, UH! I mean they weren’t nice.

Tore my jacket
Choked me red
I lost my purse
You shoe'd my head
You slapped my bon-bun
Mussed my hair, don't
Did that whack whack
Kneed my no-no

Tore my jacket
Choked me red
I lost my purse
You shoe'd my head
You slapped my bon-bun
Mussed my hair, don't
Did that whack whack
Kneed my no-no

Every little moment’s magic LA
Happy as a pansy in pansy ball
What we mean is nosegays
Pretty pansy bouquets
Flowers showered on us from the wedding that you saw

Once a sticky wicket now, is joy
Everybody’s rooting for this girl this boy
Drosselmeyer’s cooled down
The show just might improve now
That we have sung
Track Name: Clara, Precious Child
Where’d he go
Where’d he go
Where’d that Nutter take her

Albert, I’m waiting.
Shel, I’m waiting.

Where’d they go?

I don’t know.

Don’t be scared.

Okay.

Clara, dear, our Clara.

Where’d they go?

I don’t know.

Where’d they go?

I don’t know.

Clara dear, our Clara
Cla-ra, precious child

It’s come to this
Danger found us here
Wolves came to call
Took our Clara out there
Somewhere, helpless
We did everything to keep her
Safe at home
What have they done
What have they done

What have I done
Only yesterday
She knew her place
Was staying here with us

We told her to stay! close!
What has she done
She’s still too young to know
The danger, the treachery
The shadows in the corners
What has she done
What have they done
What have they done
Track Name: I Want It, Too
Here is something I never tell
When I saw that girl over there
Stranded girl, Hopeless girl
There was nothing in the world that I would never do for you...

Her face had something I never see
Big loud eyes that called out to me
"Hey there but, What the huh
Gotta catch a pony outta Dodge"

I wanted to, I want it
I wanted to

Me too

I wanted to, I want it
I wanted to

Me too, I really really do

I wanted to, I want it
I wanted to


I wanted, you, I want it
I want it, too

Not unlike a randy tiger
Track Name: Drosselmeyer, Don't Hurt Me
Oh-Ah, Drosselmeyer
Don’t hurt me

Then don’t you be dumb
Tell me where they’ve gone
He smacks them with his scarf.

Oh please, Drosselmeyer
You hurt me

You be happy you’re alive, now
Tell me where they’re hiding

Gee-I don’t even know where the heck we’re going

They came this way with a gypsy parade

Aaaaa what, a parade?
Are you joking?

As funny in fact as a heart attack.

Clara I was There attentive
‘Spensive dresses never less is
More and more you turn your back
On Uncle Chris Old Uncle Chris is
Less and less, Adored no more
Old Uncle Chris is old and fading
Fast way, my days are numbered
Yours are starting, younger starting
As for me oh I’m old farting
Fading Fast way, old farting
Days are numbered
Not like Nutter
As for Nutter
Oh that Nutter
Oh that Nutter
Oh that Nutter
That...

Oh-Ah, Drosselmeyer
Don’t hurt me

Sure maybe I’m dumb but
Don’t know where they’ve gone

Oh please, Drosselmeyer
You hurt me

I am happy I’m alive, yes
Still don’t know where they’re hiding
Track Name: Make Your Story
Make your story
Your whole life long
Through the births
Through the wars
To your lonely death, to what comes after
Clara, write them
Write every song
Funny songs
Songs of joy
Tragic songs to make you cry along
And when your symphony
Tells the tale of someone just like me
Tells of your hope for him
Well then maybe, more than maybe
Love will happen
Love will happen
To you

Love will happen, more than maybe
Love will happen
This is my symphony
Singing strong, a song of you and me
Song of my hope for you
So that maybe
More than maybe
Love will happen
Love will [happen]
More than maybe love will happen
Love will happen, love will happen
Ah
Track Name: Wedding Planner's Lament
Not another wedding
Not another wedding
Not another wedding
Not another wedding
This is twenty, maybe thirty
Could be more, it’s all a blur
And the lovely brides
Can you see the bruises
On the holy day
Quite a celebration
Everybody happy
I’m not ever happy
Never ever happy
Want to see the bruises
I am like a truck has run me over
Run me over! Just a wedding planner
Crazy wedding planner
Gypsy wedding planner
Kill the wedding planner
Not another wedding
Not another wedding
I won’t live the night
You’ll find me in a ditch
Not another wedding
Not another wedding
One less wedding planner
Killed by...
The bride, the bride
Where is the love in a head-lock
Could be my last ounce of pride
(That) keeps me from feeling
The joy in a black eye
This chip tooth, a bad broken nose
Track Name: How Can I Ask
How do I ask you not to run
As I hold you here
When I fear the night
How can I ask you not to run
When you tire of me
You'll grow tired of me

Never, have you EVER been lost like this before

(ne-ever before, ne-ever before)
How can I ask you not to run

(ne-ever before, ne-ever before)

How can I ask you not to run
Ah Ah

How can I ask you to be young
When we're feeling old
Always play with me
How can I hope that you'll stay young
All our lives, a child
Hearts open wide

It got cold Take me home if you want to
Its been grand holding hands for awhile

I'll take you back
If you want to
Its cold
Take my hand for awhile

What a night, what I night
You must be crazy
To have wandered off like this
With someone so crazy
I know I'm crazy
Maybe I'm crazy
I must be crazy
He(she) thinks
I'm crazy
I'm going crazy
Oh no I'm crazy
Aaaaaaaah

How can I ask it
How can I ask it
How can I ask him(her) not to run because I'm
Really so crazy

How do I ask you not to run
How do I ask you, please don't run
How do I tell. you. that love will happen to you
Love will happen, Love forever, Love forever, always happen to you, etc

How do I ask you not to run
How do I ask you, please don't run