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Slutcracker: A Sexual Twist on A Classic

The Slutcracker is celebrating its eighth season at the Somerville Theater this year. Vanessa White, director and choreographer of the production, is a trained ballet dancer with history working burlesque.
The play showcases a more risqué version of the classic holiday-themed ballet by Tchaikovsky, both in plot and setting. The Slutcracker also boasts diversity in music selection, dance style, and cast members.  
In White’s rendition of The Nutcracker, Clara, the main character, goes through many similar events when compared to the show it spins off. She is given something and then goes off on an adventurous journey to another world. In the original, Clara is given a nutcracker. In this version, Clara is given a vibrator, which takes her to a magical world of euphoria.
Clara and Fritz are not siblings in the Slutcracker. Instead, they are an engaged couple celebrating their first Christmas together. As they celebrate, the audience discovers that Clara’s friend, Drosselmeyer, bought her a vibrator for Christmas. To her fiancée’s dismay, Clara uses the vibrator (despite conflict between the couple) and experiences her first orgasm, which takes her to the magical world of the vibrator.
There is no Mouse King in the Slutcracker as there is in The Nutcracker. There was no conflict between the Nutcracker Prince and the Mouse King; there was no war scene with Clara saving the Prince and killing the King, either. Instead, Clara was conflicted with the idea of whether using the vibrator was a sinful thing or not.
When Clara finally accepts that using the vibrator is not a shameful act, she is awarded performances, ranging from lap dances to pole dances. These shows parallel those from The Nutcracker.
In the end, Fritz accepts Clara’s use of the vibrator.
The Slutcracker is showing from December 4th to 31st, so be sure to check it out for a great time. For more information, go to TheSlutcracker.com.