Nutcracker was a splendid treat for adults and children alike! The run was a great success. We had some special guests attend the performance and a few exciting walk on roles.
RWB welcomed His Honour, The Honourable Philip Lee and Her Honour Mrs. Anita Lee to opening night of the show. Their Honours were greeted by Executive Director, Jeff Herd and Senior Director of Marketing and Development, Judy Slivinski. At intermission Their Honours even met Filbert the Bear!
His Honour The Honourable Philip Lee and her honour Mrs. Anita Lee with Jeff Herd PHOTO CREDIT: TIM FENNELL
First up for our exciting walk on roles this year is Rachel Lagacé of CTV. Rachel was thrilled to be given the opportunity to be part of the Nutcracker performances this year! Her positive and outgoing attitude was perfect!
Rachel Lagacé in on the party scene action! PHOTO CREDIT: CHRIS TURYK
Secondly, we have Nadia Kidwai of CBC. Nadia was a natural! So lovely, she blogged about her experiences on CBC. We hope Nadia will join us again, such a great stage presence!
Nadia Kidwai with Filbert the Bear and Artistic Director André Lewis PHOTO CREDIT: TIM FENNELL
Last but not least, RWB's very own marketing team, Tim and Michelle enjoyed the show from onstage! Tim says of the experience: 'There's nothing like the rush of being onstage in front of a packed house!' and Michelle: 'I felt butterflies and have a new found respect for the dancers and what they do each night.' We had a blast and many thanks to the dancers for welcoming us for this unforgettable experience.
Tim and Michelle ready for the big debut and with Soloist Emily Grizzell PHOTO CREDIT: KATE FENNELL
A special thanks goes out to Filbert the bear who was a huge hit with the kids (and adults!) this year. He handed out Nutcracker stickers, posed for photos and showed off his fun dance moves. Each year we are happy to have Filbert in on the holiday festivities!
Filbert the bear gearing up for nutcracker! photo credit: Tim Fennell