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    A new take on Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker." FIRECRACKER is a story about Tiny and Junior, twin sister and brother with a Chinese mother and a Jewish father in International Shanghai, 1937. One evening Tiny is presented with a special firecracker, which she takes to bed, dreaming of bats and rats circling around them. As Tiny and Junior struggle to go free, the firecracker turns into a FirePrince draped in flame. He saves the twins and flies with them into the night to the magical realms of the North, South, East, West and Center of the Middle Kingdom. The twins awake to loud clamor. Guests are still here. Everyone is going on a journey by sea. They set sail to Hawaii, where the Goddess makes mountains from fire. They sail through the high and low waters of the Panama Canal, through lush greens in Venezuela, to the riches of Puerto Rico. A terrible thunderstorm in the Bermuda Sea nearly drowns the weary travelers. At last the ship sails past the Statue of Liberty to arrive in the Land of Dreams. Tiny and Junior, hugging mom and Dad, catch a thousand petals of fire from the sky. Fireworks bring the journey to a happy end on July 4. Director Michael Mao conceived of FIRECRACKER as a Chinese answer to Tchaikovsky's family classic. In developing the piece over the past 5 years, it has become much more than that, featuring a journey around the world (with scenes that take place in Puerto Rico, Hawaii and Shanghai), using narration, music, and different styles of dance to tell a story of migration with a host of colorful characters and costumes. FIRECRACKER promises to b

    Dates:  Dec. 8, 2001 - Dec. 9, 2001
    Schedule:  Sat. Dec. 8 at 1 and 6 p.m., Sun. Dec. 9 at 1 p.m.
    Venue:  Purchase Arts Center, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y.
    Price:  $28-$35
    Tickets/info:  (914)251-6200

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