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The Nutcracker Podcast
The Nutcracker Podcast
The Nutcracker Podcast

My kingdom for a good story!

Good stories have been of great value to all civilizations from ancient Greece to today. They save a life! (That of Scheherazade, for example, when narrating The Thousand and One Nights). Stories rescue us from boredom, existential emptiness, and the roughness of life, and even more so when they awaken our imagination, like The Nutcracker, a reference for all generations in the world, inspiring us to admire inner beauty and appreciate values! Like friendship, perseverance, and courage!

What does the Nutcracker represent?

"The Nutcracker captures a child's inner beauty, kindness, imagination, and innocence. Through the character of Marie, the author sees the reality of a person who has not yet been stained with any ugliness".

Denise Blasor. Screenplay, Direction and Production


The Nutcracker is a universal, timeless story that many of us grew up with and have enjoyed with our families for years. It is a story that touches all age groups and that can be shared across generations: for the adults, it reminds us of deep values like love, sacrifice, and devotion; for the younger ones, the story introduces and reinforces values such as faith, victory and the rewards that come from doing what is right and good. This Podcast creates an occasion for people of all ages and backgrounds to share an experience that lifts them and carries them forward positively.

Offering The Nutcracker Podcast during a season when many take time to reflect on life and purpose provides an opportunity for us to unite around the values that are so important to carry into our society, especially in present times. The Nutcracker has been a tradition from generation to generation, and the music is perhaps among the best-known classical works. As such, for this Podcast, it was essential to create a bridge with the music, featuring pieces reminiscent of Tchaikovsky's themes that were adapted to describe new emotions. So fans of the original works will recognize the Tchaikovsky they know and love while enjoying a more current, modern interpretation. The result is a classical ballet for our times.

Laurent Eyquem. Musical Director


“There are times when it is essential to revive those stories that have transcended time due to their artistic quality and cultural relevance. Such is the case of The Nutcracker, a story that invites us to reflect on values such as friendship, trust, bravery, and the courage to face difficulties. It is also an artistic work of excellent quality and a worldwide tradition at Christmas time.

Until now, there has been no audio drama like this: modern, in English and Spanish versions, with original music and a great team of talented voice actors and actresses who bring these unique and unforgettable characters to life”.

Dr. René Heredia. Director and General Producer

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Who wrote The Nutcracker?

Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffman (1776-1822), better known as E.T.A. Hoffman, was a writer, playwright, and musician born in Prussia (a territory that included part of Russia, Poland, and Lithuania) who, in 1816, published the story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. A complete artist admired by figures such as Edgar Allan Poe, Kafka, and Beethoven.

There have been different versions of this story. Alexandre Dumas adapted for children what he titled The Story of a Nutcracker (1844), a version that inspired the music and choreography of the ballet The Nutcracker.

Denise Blasor has adapted this story to present the podcast version of this universal classic of literature.

Tchaikovsky: Russian musical genius and composer of The Nutcracker

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is considered the most critical musician in Russia and one of the most virtuosos in the world. In total, he composed 159 musical works. His compositions for ballet stand out, such as Swan Lake (1877), Sleeping Beauty (1890), and The Nutcracker (1892). The Disney movie Fantasia (1940) takes some musical pieces from the ballet The Nutcracker to give life to fantastic characters who dance with the musical notes of this Russian musical genius.

Our version of The Nutcracker respects the original music of Tchaikovsky with certain variations made by a contemporary genius of music, Laurent Eyquem.

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Historical-social context

The early years of 19th-century Europe are marked by significant social, political, and economic changes. The Industrial Revolution favors migrating people from rural areas to large cities. New forms of family and social coexistence.

The spread of the ideas of freedom, democracy, and justice initiated with the French Revolution and the Independence of the United States just a few years ago, gave rise to the wars of Independence of the American colonies. A change that affects the political and economic stability of Western empires. It is also the time when a character bursts onto the political and military scene who modifies the borders of Europe and inspires writers and musicians through his exploits: Napoléon Bonaparte, who, by the way, invades the eastern part of the Kingdom of Prussia and wins that part of the territory. It is not surprising that in this context, Fede Stahlbaum, a character from The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, likes to play with toy soldiers and has hurt the Nutcracker in one of those games.

The Nutcracker, a story of this time

Today, The Nutcracker is a well-known story thanks to the ballet performances that different companies present on different stages worldwide.

The Mariinsky Theater in Saint Petersburg was the first stage where The Nutcracker was presented, with music by Tchaikovsky and choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. The Bolshoi Theater has made approximately 500 presentations of this story. England was the first country outside Russia to perform The Nutcracker in 1932. Since 1952, each Christmas season, there has been a presentation of the play.

Cartoon versions have also been made, popularizing this story among children.

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The Nutcracker, Guadalupe Radio podcast

Guadalupe Radio's audio drama The Nutcracker offers a new experience. It is more than a fairy tale, a stage performance, or a musical composition. Instead, it is a story that transforms hearts through its message of love, kindness, courage, and companionship.

This podcast format allows you to enjoy Tchaikovsky's waltzes in all their splendor under a brilliant direction by maestro Laurent Eyquem, world-renowned musician. Denise Blasor, actress, screenwriter, and theater director of great international recognition, directs the performance of voice professionals. Dr. René Heredia is the executive producer of this and other audio drama projects that, due to their production quality, already have earned various awards and distinctions.

The Nutcracker manages to delight all our senses and transports us to magical realms. It allows us to rediscover that innocence of when we were children and helps spark the imagination of children of this generation.

The Nutcracker: A Multi-Chapter Story

Chapter 1: Christmas Eve

Counselor Drosselmeier visits the Stahlbaum house. He brings gifts to the children María and Fede, his godchildren. There is a toy that catches Maria's attention: a wooden nutcracker. The toy comes to life at night to prepare for battle with the evil Seven-Headed Mouse.

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Chapter 2: The Battle

Fede's toys join the Nutcracker to fight against the Seven-Headed Mouse, who is winning the battle. However, Maria intervenes and falls wounded. The family worries about Marie´s health, and they do not believe the Nutcracker and the Mouse King story.

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Chapter 3: The Story of Princess Pirlipat and the Hard Nut Called Krakatuk

Marie is feeling better. Godfather Drosselmeier dresses the children. He tells them the story of Princess Pirlipat and her spell, of Lady Ratilda, and the Krakatuk nut. The young Drosselmeier undoes the enchantment of Princess Pirlipat, and Lady Ratilda condemns him to live as a nutcracker. Only the love of a true friend can rescue him.

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Chapter 4: Victory

The King of the seven heads appears with Maria and asks for her sweets in exchange for leaving the Nutcracker alone. She agrees. The Nutcracker asks Maria for a sword. Ultimately, the Nutcracker is victorious.

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Chapter 5: The Conclusion

The Nutcracker invites Marie to take a walk through magical places. He takes her to Gingerbread Ville and ConfectionVille, where he is the King. She thanks him for his friendship and he asks her to be the queen of his kingdom.

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Addie Daddio

Addie Daddio
Narrator

Seamus Dever

Seamus Dever
The Nutcracker

Erica Ortega

Erica Ortega
Marie

Andres Londono

Andres Londono
Fritz

Sal Lopez

Sal Lopez
The rat King and the Godfather

Efraín Figueroa

Efraín Figueroa
Father ank King

Cynthia Dane

Cynthia Dane
Mother and Queen

Denise Blasor

Denise Blasor
Multiple characters

CREW

Juan Matos

Juan Matos
Editor

Gerardo Nevarez

Gerardo Nevarez
Sound engineer

Rafel Valdez

Rafel Valdez
Sound engineer

Martha Naranjo

Martha Naranjo
Graphic designer

Laurent Eyquem

Laurent Eyquem
Original music and musical direction

Denise Blasor

Denise Blasor
voice performance, direction and production

René Heredia

René Heredia
Executive director and producer

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