Scene 1: The Toyshop
Drosselmeyer, a magical toymaker, is preparing for Christmas. Mother Ginger and her children bring him a gingerbread house as a gift. Drosselmeyer’s nephew puts the gingerbread on the table and Mother Ginger and her children watch Drosselmeyer’s life-sized dolls dance. The Mouse Queen comes in looking for sweets. Drosselmeyer traps her in a box when he finds her eating his sweets. The postman brings a letter, and takes the box. The Mouse King thinks his Queen is dead, and comes for revenge. He puts a curse on the nephew who turns into a soldier doll. Drosselmeyer finds the letter, and invitation to a party. He takes the doll-nephew and goes to the party.