Experience the excitement and the beauty of world-class performances from the Bolshoi Ballet at your neighborhood cinema with the Bolshoi Ballet 2014-15 Season. The production of The Nutcracker will be broadcast to select cinemas nationwide on Sunday, December 21. On Christmas Eve, Marieâs godfather, Drosselmeyer, gives her a strange toy: a wooden nutcracker carved in the shape of a little man. At midnight, when the celebrations are over, all the toys magically come to life. The nutcracker grows to human size and takes charge of the tin soldiers, flying to the rescue of Marie, who is threatened by the Mouse King and his mouse army. Based on E.T.A. Hoffmannâs story, The Nutcracker is one of the greatest classics in the world. With iconic music by Tchaikovsky, charming sets and enchanting costumes, this beautiful tale explores the universal themes of love, power and evil.