The Nutcracker on Screen

From December 4, 2020

The Nutcracker on Screen

From December 4, 2020

Overview

This holiday season, Canadians across the country will be able to enjoy the magic of The Nutcracker. In partnership with Cineplex, a special presentation of the beloved classic, previously captured live at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, will be available to stream from the comfort and safety of your home on the Cineplex Store from December 4, 2020.

This spectacular production will also be shown at select Cineplex theatres across Canada in jurisdictions not affected by the current lockdown.

The Nutcracker is a cherished holiday tradition for many in our community, particularly families and children. During this challenging year when we are unable to perform live, I am delighted that through this partnership with Cineplex, the National Ballet can share this beautiful production with Canadians across the country.Karen Kain

This performance of The Nutcracker features Principal Dancers Sonia Rodriguez and Piotr Stanczyk as The Sugar Plum Fairy and Peter/The Nutcracker and was captured live at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in 2008.

Nutcracker View Gallery

Hailed “the best Nutcracker on the planet” by The Globe and Mail, The National Ballet of Canada’s acclaimed production features 233 performers – 50 dancers, 98 children from Canada’s National Ballet School and high schools all over Toronto, 65 musicians and 20 young singers from VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto who join The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra for the famous snow season.

Earlier this year, the National Ballet made the difficult decision to cancel performances of The Nutcracker for 2020 due to COVID-19, marking the first year since 1955 that the company will not perform this holiday classic live.

Casting

ACT I
Scene 1, A Barn

Peter, a stable boy
Piotr Stanczyk

Marie
Stella Leowinata

Misha, Marie’s brother
Liam Redhead

Baba, Marie and Misha’s nurse
Lorna Geddes

Marie and Misha’s parents
Stephanie Hutchison and Etienne Lavigne

Uncle Nikolai
Kevin D. Bowles

Parents, Children, Aunts, Uncles, Servants, Bears and a Horse
Artists of The National Ballet of Canada and Students of Canada’s National Ballet School

Scene 2, The Battle of the Tsar of the Mice

The Nutcracker
Piotr Stanczyk

The Tsar of the Mice
Jonathan Renna

Baby Mice
Students of Canada’s National Ballet School (Associates Programme)

Dogs, Cats and Mice
Students of Canada’s National Ballet School, The Bishop Strachan School, Branksome Hall, Cawthra Park Secondary School, Claude Watson School for the Arts, Le Collège français, De La Salle College, Earl Haig Secondary School, Etobicoke School of the Arts, Gordon A. Brown Middle School, Havergal College, Humberside Collegiate Institute, Leaside High School, Loretto Abbey Catholic Secondary School, Martingrove Collegiate Institute, Michael Power / St. Joseph Catholic Secondary School, Northern Secondary School, Parkdale Collegiate Institute, Rosedale Heights School of the Arts, St. Marcellinus Secondary School, Victoria Ballet Academy and The York School

Goat and Rooster
Students of Canada’s National Ballet School

Scene 3, The Land of Snow

Snow Queen and her Icicles
Xiao Nan Yu, Noah Long, Aarik Wells

Snow Maidens
Artists of The National Ballet of Canada

Unicorns
Students of Canada’s National Ballet School

INTERMISSION

ACT II
The Palace of the Sugar Plum Fairy

Courtiers, Guards, Ladies-in-Waiting
Students of Canada’s National Ballet School

The Sugar Plum Fairy
Sonia Rodriguez

Empress Dowager Baba
Lorna Geddes

Grand Duke Nikolai
Kevin D. Bowles

Spanish Chocolate
Andreea Olteanu, Jordana Daumec and Robert Stephen
Marissa Parzei, Selene Guerrero-Trujillo and Martin Lindinger

Arabian Coffee
Stephanie Hutchison and Etienne Lavigne
Alejandra Perez-Gomez and Keiichi Hirano

A Sheep
Lise-Marie Jourdain

A Flock of Lambs
Students of Canada’s National Ballet School (Associates Programme)

A Fox
James Leja

Waiters
Wei Chen, Mark Dennis, Ian Parsons and James Shee

Chefs
Students of Canada’s National Ballet School

A Bee
Jillian Vanstone

Flowers and Branches
Artists of The National Ballet of Canada

Credits

Choreography and Libretto:
James Kudelka, O.C.

Music:
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Set and Costume Design:
Santo Loquasto

Lighting Design:
Jennifer Tipton

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.

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