- For the opening of the ballet the music is delicate and mysterious and when the children enter it is very much noisey and happy.
- As the orphanage scene is rather boring/bleak set the music livens it up as it reflects the orphan's attitude to christmas
- Trumpet tunes indicate military themes when the boys are all marching up and down
- Bourne uses the abrupt pause in the music to let Dr Dross show amazement for the orphans temporary triumph over fritz.
- Orphans in a drab uniform while Fritz and Sugar anre in their best outfits like they are going to a party
- Sugar's bow is amusingly big and looks like mouse ears.
- Two of the orphans wear glasses (Cupids later on)
- Dr Dross' outfit looks very simular to the child catcher from chittychitty bangbang
- Matron wears a prim, starch outfit showing the victorian era fashion
- Dull shades of grey and black
- Washed out look
- Cracked walls , little light from prison like windows
- Minimal Christmas decorations
- Row of Iron bedsteads
- The only outside light created is from a lightning strike that illuminates the room
- Exaggerated but realistic style
- Matron oversees events and claps hands - shows her authority
- Induvidual comic incidents
- Bouncy kicks, runs and hops after box of decorations are produced to the orphans delight
- repeated runs and leans
- Kids showing off
- Motifs repeated through the rest of the show like sliding backwards
- Each orphan has a character - e.g shy, boisterous, confident,silly, clumsy etc.
- Folk dance and balletic dance, then a 18th to early 19th style is adopted ( standing side by side with hands held, includes exaggerated walks, pointed toes and nodding heads) this indicates the era better.
- Boys look up girls skirts, scare girls with pretend guns and swords,