Cowichan Performing Arts Centre and The Royal City Youth Ballet present

The Nutcracker

A holiday favourite, the Royal City Youth Ballet returns with its enchanting production of The Nutcracker.

From the moment the lights dim, Tchaikovsky’s iconic score transports you to a world of wonder where rascally mice are foiled by toy soldiers and a flurry of ballerinas reveals a magical kingdom.

Whether you’re beginning a new holiday tradition, or revisiting an old favourite, this wonderful production with more than 100 dancers in extravagant costumes is sure to delight audiences of all ages.

“The Royal City Youth Ballet’s production is a wonderful production for the whole family to enjoy,” says Carlson’s School of Dance Co-Owner, Reija Best. “The props, costumes, and performers are all of very high quality, and this beautiful event brings the spirit of Christmas to life in all who see it.”

The Royal City Youth Ballet’s production features over 100 dancers taking to the stage as magical soldiers, mice, a Sugar Plum Fairy, snowflakes, a Snow King and Queen, and numerous other wondrous characters. The story follows the exciting journey of young Clara, who receives a nutcracker as a gift at her family’s Christmas Eve party. Later that night, her nutcracker magically transforms into a handsome prince, who leads her through an enchanted forest and on to the Nutcracker Prince’s Kingdom.

This dream-like performance is directed by Camilia Fishwick-Kellog. Set to Tchaikovsky’s iconic music, this traditional ballet has striking sets designed by Jean Claude Olivier and extravagant, colourful costumes designed by Chris Sinosic. The Nutcracker has become a beloved family tradition at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre and this year’s spectacular production will once again leave audiences basking in holiday cheer.

Cowichan Performing Arts Centre Spring 2019 Brochure

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