Each holiday season, Tchaikovsky's magical ballet The Nutcracker is presented in a colorful production by the Ballet Theater of Indiana University's School of Music. SUGARPLUM DREAMS: STAGING THE NUTCRACKER BALLET goes behind the scenes of the 43rd annual presentation of this classic, showing the preparation, talent and sheer effort exerted to bring this production to life. Produced in documentary style, SUGARPLUM DREAMS begins with the auditions of children from the pre-college ballet program. Cameras capture a hectic day-in-the-life of the dancers and instructors as the performance approaches, while the camera captures the excitement and anticipation as all of the elements come together during dress rehearsal. The program concludes backstage in the highly charged atmosphere of The Nutcracker performance.