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Join us at the club in Harvard Square, Cambridge

December 16th, 19th, 20th, 21st …1941

It’s cold outside but you're on the list for the hottest club in town!

Herr Drosselmeyer and his niece, Dr. Clara Stahlbaum, are busy with new research and development at Drosselmeyer Industries including their brand new military technology, Project Nutcracker!

Join dancers, divas, acrobats, magicians, sugar plum fairies, dandies, hardscrabble detectives, soldiers, rosies, rat kings and spies as they all race to be the first to crack intercepted messages from the enemy...  because whoever controls the information will win the war. 


who will you meet at Club Drosselmeyer?

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Herr Drosselmeyer is a scientist and inventor. He’s something of a “magician” and a man of mystery. Drosselmeyer and his team of scientists led by his niece, Dr. Clara Stahlbaum, are hard at work in their workshop at Drosselmeyer Industries to develop a new type of military technology he calls “Project Nutcracker”. Just in time, too. It’s 1940. Who knows what will happen in the world?

Fritz Stahlbaum just never got the family scientist gene like his sister Clara. Herr Drosselmeyer made his nephew manager of Club Drosselmeyer to “keep him busy” but wherever Fritz is, Rhett “The Rat” King is never far behind. There are rumors that Fritz’s gambling debts run deep. Will Fritz’s rash behavior go far enough to break his sister’s Project Nutcracker?



Frau Greta is Herr Drosselmeyer’s indispensable personal assistant and bodyguard. She is the president and founder of the Drosselmeyer Fan Club. Are you a member of the fan club?



You’ve surely heard of Ginger LaMarr from movies like “Red Hot Mama” and “Sing it Sweetly” Now you can see her in person, performing with Rocco and the Stompers on the stage of Club Drosselmeyer. Longstanding friends with Herr Drosselmeyer and an original Bostonian herself, Miss LaMarr lives in her estate in Hollywood but always remembers her friends and family back east for the holidays.

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Dr. Clara Stahlbaum is an expert in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics with her PhD from MIT. Now, she works with her uncle at Drosselmeyer Industries as lead scientist of a promising new military technology: Project Nutcracker. She’s young, inventive, diligent, and ambitious, but something seems slightly odd about the most recent prototype, Version Charlie.

Project Charlie is looking promising. He has encyclopedic intelligence, has been programmed to simulate acts of courage and has talents like dance, mind control and french cuisine. Will be be up to the task against the Ratman, a new robot technology created by notorious mob boss, Rhett “The Rat” King and his team of scientists at King Technology?



Sugar Faye is a rising star on stage and on the silver screen, famous for her incredible solo dance act. Her dazzling, befeathered, and bewitching routine will make you tap your feet! Lesser known is her treatise on spread-spectrum technology and radio frequencies.



Dr. Effie Vladivostok pictured here with her invention the Ratman, is a former scientist of Drosselmeyer Industries who recently jumped ship to King Technologies. Dr. Vladivostok claims her robot is superior to Project Charlie. Who’s the better bot?

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Club Drosselmeyer?

Club Drosselmeyer is an immersive, interactive show set in a 1941 nightclub. You can grab a drink, watch the floor shows, listen to our live 8 piece swing band and original swingtime Nutcracker arrangements and of course, dance the night away. If you'd like to interact, you can speak with various characters throughout the club to figure out more about the story and help them solve puzzles and completing tasks.

Do I need to interact to enjoy the show?

You're welcome to just enjoy the show, hanging out in a 1940's nightclub is pretty fun! If you want to solve some puzzles without interacting, perhaps team up with somebody who would rather interact than solve puzzles! You definitely will not be dragged out to interact in front of the full audience, all interactions are personal, like chatting with someone at a bar.

What are the different ticket options like?

Standing Room tickets ($49) are great if you don't mind being on your feet or are planning on being up and about for the evening. Floor Tables ($69) are placed around the dance floor, so they're in a great central location to access the various characters, and it also gives you a nice home base to work at and a good view of the performances. The Banquette seats on the Mezzanine ($59) are perfect for puzzlers who want ample table room and folks who want to be a bit out of the bustle of the main seating area, though you may need to stand or move a bit to get a clear view of some of the performances. The VIP Mezzanine Seats ($89). Tickets are available here!

Do I have to dress up? What should I wear?

We highly recommend dressing up: it is fun to have an excuse to dress your best and if everybody dresses up, it helps with the immersion! If you don't know how to dress like it is 1940, just dress to impress! Check out these 1940's style guides for men and women if you'd like to dress appropriately for the time period!

Who would enjoy this show? Do I need to be a dancer/puzzler/younger/older/introvert/extrovert?

We've specifically designed the show to be enjoyable for all different engagement levels. You can interact as much or as little as you'd like. Some of the pathways are more puzzle-y than others, and there will be "waiters" around the club to help you find a way to enjoy yourself, or help you out if you get stuck! Dancing is entirely optional. Folks of all different ages from 10 to 93 came to Club Drosselmeyer last year and had a great time!

Is the show different from last year?

The show is completely different than last year! All new story! All new puzzles! Of course, it still involves the same Nutcracker characters you know and love, but this year it is 1941 and the situation has changed.

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News & Updates

Nov 27th

Our dress rehearsal went great! Feedback from our testers was very helpful and we're making a few tweaks to the show to make it even better! This was our first time seeing some of the dance acts, and they looked incredible! We'll be putting the finishing touches on some puzzles and rehearsing our interactions and scenes for two more weeks, then it's showtime!

Nov 5th

THE PLAYMAP! It is DONE! After 15 involved 2-5 page character backstories... it boils down to a simple (hopefully) playmap that will be unveiled to our cast at practice tonight for our very first puzzle runthrough. Today- filling out all the possible trailheads and prompts for players. writingwritingwritingwriting... 

Oct 29th

This weekend was the very first vintage photo shoot for the Club Drosselmeyer crew. We had hair, makeup, suits, pocket watches, vests, bowties and hats. So. many. hats.

We took pictures until our photographer's hands started to hurt. (not an exaggeration.) All this... just for you! How else will you know who to talk to for puzzles, mysteries and stories when you settle in to your table at club drosselmeyer?