Nutcracker featuring the Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Ballet BC is proud to present Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet in Nutcracker at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from December 14 to 16, featuring three evening performances and two matinées.

This particular Nutcracker production is set in turn of the 20th century Canada and presents a unique take on the sparkling Christmas tradition, featuring endearing Canadian scenes such as a hockey game and a battle on Parliament Hill.

This production, called “…rapturously romantic” by the Winnipeg Free Press, brings a fresh magic to the classic through its stunning costumes, set designs by Brian Perchaluk, and lighting by Michael J. Whitfield. Included in Nutcracker’s cast are scores of children in the roles of mice, soldiers, Mounties and snowflakes, adding to the whimsy while offering a perfect complement to Tchaikovsky’s joyous musical score.

Serena Sandford, Liam Caines
[Serena Sandford, Liam Caines. Photo by David Cooper]
Ballet BC’s Artistic Director Emily Molnar says, “We are thrilled to present Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, one of Canada’s major ballet companies, in this iconic Canadian version of the delightful Christmas story Nutcracker. This production, which Vancouver audiences have only seen once before, is a treat for both young and old and sure to add magic to your holiday season.”

“Vancouver is a city with a long tradition of support for the RWB, and we’re very excited to be bringing Nutcracker back there,” according to RWB Artistic Director André Lewis. “Nutcracker represents everything we love about Christmas and the holiday season, and it’s truly a festive treat for the whole family.”

I much enjoyed last year’s Vancouver production (danced by the Alberta Ballet) and will never grow tired of its magic.
Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker presented by Ballet BC
Dates: December 14 to 16: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, 7:30 pm; Saturday & Sunday matinée, 2 pm
Venue: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 649 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $30.25 to $87.75 (excluding service charges); available online and via Ticketmaster at 1.855.985.2787

Ballet BC continues its commitment to perform highly acclaimed productions on local, regional, national and international stages. For more information, visit Ballet BC online, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

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