I initially had a hard time wrapping my brain around the logistics of how they were going to take such a magnificent work that The Nutcracker is and shorten it down to 58 minutes. I won't pretend to understand the how's behind that, but I will say they did so amazingly well! It is seamless and wonderful! I do not think we were left missing out on anything, nor do I think the work was particularly lacking in any way.
We worked through a little of the free, online study guide-focusing a lot on the actual ballet performance. We also researched the ballet and looked into specific dances individually, and at full length. My favorite, as always, is Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.