The storyline and characters are well known. There is the “Party Scene,” “The Transformation,” “The Battle Scene” and the “Snow Scene.” And that’s just Act I. In your mind’s eye, from your seat inside the Hult Center’s Silva Concert Hall, you might anticipate every move of Clara, the Prince, the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Mouse King with his mischievous army of mice. Add to it the mesmerizing music of Pyotr Tchaikovsky, as performed live by OrchestraNext, and The Nutcracker is a wonderful family-oriented event. Eugene Ballet brings the story to life starting Dec. 21. Is it all a Christmas Eve dream? Are there really dancing characters such as Spanish Chocolate, Arabian Coffee, Chinese Tea and French Marzipan? Let your imagination roam and the magic take you for a ride at any of Eugene Ballet’s seven performances.