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The Nutcracker

Cannon dolls

James Leja, Jonathan Renna and Mats Sundin as Cannon Dolls in The Nutcracker with students of Canada's National Ballet School (2007). 

Did you know celebrities have been performing The Nutcracker with The National Ballet of Canada since 1964? The walk-on roles of Stretcher Bearers in Celia Franca’s production and Cannon Dolls in James Kudelka’s version have been played by a host of Canadian personalities. Notable names include Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman, author Pierre Berton, Ron MacLean of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, Champion figure skater Kurt Browning, M.P. Olivia Chow, writer Margaret Atwood, Stephen Page of the Barenaked Ladies, CBC Radio’s Tom Allen and CBC Television personality Rick Mercer.

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Top image credit: The National Ballet of Canada tutus on display. Photo by Setareh Sarmadi.