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Leo Finelli's The Nutcracker

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Leo Finelli’s THE NUTCRACKER
Plot Outline

The Setting: Modern America, One Cold December Night

The PlotAct One:Eleven year old Clara and her eight year old brother Fritz join their parents in the living room of their home, awaiting the arrival of the guests at their annual Christmas party. The Stahlbaums live a cozy middle class life. Soon guests begin to arrive at their house. The children play while the adults talk. Soon the guests begin to play on their digital devices. Suddenly, the digital devices fizz out. A mysterious caped man enters. This is Clara’s grandfather, a magician named Dr. Drosselmeyer. Drosselmeyer gives everyone small candy canes, then gives Clara a special gift, a Nutcracker - a small toy soldier that can crack nuts in its teeth. Drosselmeyer then presents a life size dancing doll which dances for the children. Drosselmeyer also leads the children in a sprightly jig and dances for the families at the party. Everyone begins to get tired after one final dance and leav…

The Wish Writer - A Christmas Tale

THE WISH WRITER

By Leo Finelli

Inspired by a Macy’s Commercial

OPENING TITLES

Close in on Hannah’s dollhouse.

INT. DOLLHOUSE

Hannah’s favorite doll, portrayed in live-action, addresses the audience.

DOLL Well, hi there. (laughs) I’m a doll without a name. Hannah got me for Christmas when she was four and never named me. Now she’s much older and still holds me close. (laughs again) The Christmas Hannah got me is one she’ll never forget, but there was another Christmas, when she got another gift she’ll never forget, thanks to some very special magic…

We cut to Hannah and her brother Luke coming down the stairs.

We then see their mother waiting at the bottom of the stairs.

MOM Come on, Hannah, Luke, we’re going to get our Christmas tree and then to the department store.

HANNAH OK, Mom.

LUKE
So that’s where we’re going.

Enter Hannah and Luke’s father. He appears by their mother.

DAD All ready to go, kids?

HANNAH and LUKE
Yes! CHRISTMAS TREE LOT