The Nutcracker

December 12, 2019—January 4, 2020

The Nutcracker

December 12, 2019—January 4, 2020
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About the Ballet

Running time: 2 hours with one 20-minute intermission

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Overview

Toronto’s favourite holiday tradition! Ballet companies all over the world perform The Nutcracker during the holiday season, each with a special take on the beloved classic. The National Ballet of Canada has one of the very finest versions in the world in James Kudelka’s staging from 1995, set in 19th century Russia. With non-stop dancing and magnificent sets and costumes from Santo Loquasto, The Nutcracker is an unforgettable tribute to the imagination.

The Nutcracker Trailer

The Story

Quarreling siblings Misha and Marie attend a Christmas party at their country estate when their mysterious Uncle Nikolai arrives, bearing gifts. These include a beautiful nutcracker doll for Marie, who takes it to the nursery that night. Then the magic begins. The clock strikes twelve, the Christmas tree grows to enormous proportions and Misha and Marie journey to lands of the Snow Queen and the Sugar Plum Fairy where they must learn to get along.

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The Nutcracker View Gallery

Five Things About The Nutcracker
The Choreographer

James Kudelka served as Resident Choreographer of The National Ballet of Canada following his nine years as Artistic Director. He choreographs in a variety of styles and forms, from original full length ballets to short contemporary works and remounted classics.

The Composer

The late 19th century Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky created some of the most popular works in the classical repertoire, particularly his three full-length scores for ballet: Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. He composed more than 160 works in his lifetime, including symphonies, operas and concertos.

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Becoming the Sugar Plum Fairy

The Nutcracker by the Numbers

Kids of The Nutcracker

Behind the Scenes at The Nutcracker

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Celebrity Cannon Doll Lineup

Nutcracker by the Numbers

The Evergreen Appeal of The Nutcracker

Casting

The Sugar Plum Fairy
Greta Hodgkinson (December 12 at 7:00 pm/December 15 at 5:30 pm)
Jillian Vanstone (December 13 at 7:00 pm/December 21, January 3 at 2:00 pm/December 29 at 1:00 pm)
Heather Ogden (December 14 at 2:00 pm/December 17, 21 at 7:00 pm/December 22, 28 at 5:30 pm/December 31 at 1:00 pm)
Sonia Rodriguez (December 14, 19 at 7:00 pm)
Elena Lobsanova (December 15 at 1:00 pm/December 18 at 7:00 pm)
Calley Skalnik (December 20, January 3 at 7:00 pm/December 22, 28 at 1:00 pm)
Koto Ishihara* (December 24 at 1:00 pm/December 29, January 4 at 5:30 pm)
Tina Pereira (December 27, January 4 at 1:00 pm/January 2 at 7:00 pm)

Peter/The Nutcracker
Harrison James (December 12 at 7:00 pm/December 15, 29, January 4 at 5:30 pm/December 24 at 1:00 pm)
Skylar Campbell (December 13 at 7:00 pm/December 21, January 3 at 2:00 pm/December 29 at 1:00 pm)
Christopher Gerty (December 14 at 2:00 pm/December 17, 21 at 7:00 pm)
Piotr Stanczyk (December 14, 19 at 7:00 pm)
Naoya Ebe (December 15, 27, January 4 at 1:00 pm/December 18, January 2 at 7:00 pm)
Jack Bertinshaw (December 20, January 3 at 7:00 pm/December 22, 28 at 1:00 pm) Guillaume Côté (December 22, 28 at 5:30 pm/December 31 at 1:00 pm)

Snow Queen
Hannah Fischer (December 12, 19, January 3 at 7:00 pm/December 22 at 1:00 pm/December 28, 29 at 5:30 pm)
Svetlana Lunkina* (December 13, 14 at 7:00 pm/December 31 at 1:00 pm/January 3 at 2:00 pm)
Jenna Savella (December 14 at 2:00 pm)
Tanya Howard (December 15 at 5:30 pm/December 17, 18 at 7:00 pm)
Elena Lobsanova (December 20, January 2 at 7:00 pm/December 22 at 5:30 pm/January 4 at 1:00 pm)
Calley Skalnik* (December 21 at 2:00 pm/December 29 at 1:00 pm/January 4 at 5:30 pm)
Chelsy Meiss (December 15, 24, 27, 28 at 1:00 pm/December 21 at 7:00 pm)

Baba
Rebekah Rimsay (December 12, 19 at 7:00 pm/December 15, 29, January 4 at 5:30 pm/December 24 at 1:00 pm)
Alejandra Perez-Gomez (December 13, January 3 at 7:00 pm/December 15, 22, 28 at 1:00 pm/December 21 at 2:00 pm)
Tiffany Mosher (December 14, January 3 at 2:00 pm/December 21 at 7:00 pm/December 22, 28 at 5:30 pm/December 31 at 1:00 pm)
Stephanie Hutchison (December 17, 18, 20, January 2 at 7:00 pm/December 27, 29 January 4 at 1:00 pm)

Uncle Nikolai
Donald Thom (December 12 at 7:00 pm/December 14, 21 at 2:00 pm/December 15, 29, January 4 at 5:30 pm/December 24 at 1:00 pm)
Jack Bertinshaw (December 13, 18 at 7:00 pm/December 15 at 1:00 pm)
Ethan Watts (December 14, 19, 21, January 2 at 7:00 pm/January 4 at 1:00 pm) Spencer Hack (December 17 at 7:00 pm/December 27, 29 at 1:00 pm/January 3 at 2:00 pm)
Joe Chapman* (December 20, January 3 at 7:00 pm/December 22, 28 at 1:00 pm) Piotr Stanczyk (December 22, 28 at 5:30 pm/December 31 at 1:00 pm)

* Debut
Casting subject to change.

Reviews

“Remains as fresh as the day it premiered in 1995.” — The Globe and Mail

“The National Ballet of Canada’s annual production of The Nutcracker is sheer delight.” — Digital Journal

“The National Ballet's Nutcracker is for kids from one to 92” — National Post

“★★★★★/5 A magical Christmas tapestry weaved out of threads spun by composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, author E.T.A. Hoffman, choreographer James Kudelka and designer Santo Loquasto.” — 24 Hours

Credits

Choreography and Libretto:
James Kudelka, O.C.

Music:
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky*

Set and Costume Design:
Santo Loquasto

Lighting Design:
Jennifer Tipton

*The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra with VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto, Founder and Artistic Director Carol Woodward Ratzlaff

The Nutcracker is made possible by generous financial support from production underwriters Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., Lawrence & Ann Heisey and an anonymous friend of the National Ballet.

Video Credits: Becoming the Sugar Plum Fairy

Featuring: Jurgita Dronina, Naoya Ebe, Harrison James, Elena Lobsanova, Hannah Fischer, Tanya Howard, Jeannine Haller, Siphesihle November, Teagan Richman-Taylor, Artists of the Ballet, Students from Canada's National Ballet School, The Musicians of The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra.

Video Credits: Behind the Scenes at The Nutcracker

Featuring: Karen Kain, Calley Skalnik, Jack Bertinshaw, Artists of the Ballet, Students from Canada’s National Ballet School, Musicians of The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra.

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Musicians have been recorded by permission of the Toronto Musicians' Association, Local 149, American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada.

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Story Time

Join us 45 minutes before every performance in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for Nutcracker Story Time!

Designed to enhance children's experience of the ballet, Nutcracker Story Time is an engaging, interactive telling of the magical holiday story that allows children to have a better understanding of the performance they are attending.

Set in Victorian Russia, Marie and Misha recount a wonderful holiday dream 30 years later.

Nutcracker Story Time is Written and Directed by Gerry Campbell starring Kelsey Falconer and Andrew Cromwell.

Nutcracker Story Time is sponsored by TD Bank Group.

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