This version differs from the traditional story but still featuring Tchaikovsky's classic music as well as an original score. Marie is a servant girl, not one of the well-off children eagerly receiving gifts on Christmas Eve. She finds the broken nutcracker, Nathaniel, who comes to life when she kisses him and tells her how the wicked mouse queen enchanted him as a nutcracker. Marie is the heroine of the battle between the nutcracker prince and the mouse king. The triumphant prince is restored to his normal form and takes Marie to his magical kingdom.