Not-your-father's Nutcracker, this fresh take on the holiday classic was created by The House Theatre of Chicago, the award-winning team who created our critically acclaimed The Sparrow (presented by Stoneham Theatre in 2009). For the family of twelve-year old Clara, a Christmas without her recently deceased older brother can never be the same. When her eccentric Uncle Drosselmeyer gives Clara a wooden nutcracker that happens to look just like her brother, a fantastic journey begins. After the nutcracker comes to life, Clara and a team of wise-cracking toys face down the evil Rat King in a battle that teaches Clara and all of us how to celebrate life while honoring loss. Adapted from the original tale by E.T.A. Hoffman, with live music from a 4-piece band.