When midnight strikes, young Clara’s enchanted Christmas gift leads her into a wondrous world… with the valiant Nutcracker at her side, Clara defeats the Mouse King and his army of mice, and journeys to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets.

This sparkling holiday tradition is a festive feast for the senses with enchanting costumes, timeless choreography and a brilliant score by Tchaikovsky. Nutcracker features endearing Canadian scenes like a snowy pond hockey game and a battle on Parliament Hill. What could be more fun for the family than to join young Clara’s Christmas fantasy, where toys come to life, the Sugar Plum Fairy spreads her magic, mischievous Filbert the Bear steals the Christmas pudding and where Hazel the Polar Bear and her twelve furry polar cubs will surely warm your heart. A holiday classic for the whole family!

Act 1 - 52 minutes
Intermission - 20 minutes
Act 2 - 50 minutes
Total Run Time - 2:04

Special Guests

This year, RWB’s Nutcracker cast will be joined by 12 local Winnipeg celebrities including Wab Kinew, CTV’s Eleanor Coopsammy and Terri Apostle, MKO Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson, and more. For a complete list of walk-on roles and their performance dates, click here.

The RWB welcomes special guest performers the Verba Ukrainian Dance Company, who are joining the Nutcracker cast for all performances.


Featured Creative Team


    Galina Yordanova and Nina Menon

    Lighting Design

    Michael J. Whitfield


    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Costume Design

    Paul Daigle

    Scenic Design

    Brian Perchaluk

Full Cast

Jo-Ann Sundermeier
Jo-Ann Sundermeier as Clara (19m, 21)
Chenxin Liu
Chenxin Liu as Clara (19e, 22)
Yayoi Ban
Yayoi Ban as Clara (20, 23)
Alanna McAdie
Alanna McAdie as Clara (28)
Yoshiko Kamikusa
Yoshiko Kamikusa as Clara (27)
Liang Xing
Liang Xing as The Nutcracker Prince (19m, 21)
Dmitri Dovgoselets
Dmitri Dovgoselets as The Nutcracker Prince (19e, 22)
Josh Reynolds
Josh Reynolds as The Nutcracker Prince (20, 23)
Yosuke Mino
Yosuke Mino as The Nutcracker Prince (28)
Luzemberg Santana
Luzemberg Santana as The Nutcracker Prince (27)
Ana Mekvabishvili
Ana Mekvabishvili as Young Clara (19m, 20, 22, 28)
Hannah Smith
Hannah Smith as Young Clara (19e, 21, 23, 27)
Michel Lavoie
Michel Lavoie as Julien (19m, 20, 22, 28)
Joshua Phillips
Joshua Phillips as Julien (19e, 21, 23, 27)
Sophia Lee
Sophia Lee as Sugar Plum Fairy (19m, 21, 27)
Katie Bonnell
Katie Bonnell as Sugar Plum Fairy (19e, 22, 28)
Sarah Davey
Sarah Davey as Sugar Plum Fairy (20, 23)
Stephan Possin
Stephan Possin as The Mouse King (19m, 21, 27)
Luzemberg Santana
Luzemberg Santana as The Mouse King (19e, 22, 28)
Yosuke Mino
Yosuke Mino as The Mouse King (20, 23)

All casting is subject to change  



Christmas 1913, in a large Canadian home. It’s a prosperous time in a prosperous city whose population has swollen with new arrivals. The First World War is still half a year away.


‘Tis the night before Christmas and all through Clara’s house, everything and everyone is stirring - even the mice! The people inside are getting ready for the big Christmas party - cooking and wrapping and dressing and fussing. Outside, neighborhood boys play hockey on the street while friends and family start to arrive, carrying armloads of presents and anticipating a marvelous event.


Twelve-year-old Clara is oblivious to all the noise and confusion. She’s dreaming in front of the mirror in her bedroom, practicing her ballet steps. She wants to be perfect when she dances for her glamourous Aunt Josephine, a singer who has traveled all the way from Montreal on the train. Mama interrupts. “Where is the bow that I made for your hair?” she demands. “And where is Dieter?” Clara’s younger brother leaps out of a large armoire, brandishing a toy sword. Grandmother Marguerite finds her way to the bedroom and manages to calm everyone down. Things aren’t turning out the way Mama has planned; not even the Christmas tree has been delivered. “But Mr.Drosselmeir promised to bring a tree!” She runs off to check on things downstairs while Grandmother shows the children some favourite photographs of Christmas past.


Mama, Papa and the butler are looking at the empty space in the big living room where the tree should be. What kind of a Christmas party is this going to be? Among the guests filling the room is Aunt Josephine. Resplendent in furs, she makes a grand entrance with her fiance, Edouard, dashing in his military uniform.

At last! Mr. Drosselmeier carries in a tree. Clara suddenly feels she when he introduces her to his grandnephew, Julien. In no time at all, the tree is decorated and Clara has the honour of putting the star on the very top. Suddenly, the first-ever electric Christmas lights illuminate the tree! Mr. Drosselmeier hands out his presents, all enchanting. Dieter’s army of toy soldiers has now been augmented by Mounted Police. Mr. Drosselmeier’s masterpiece goes to Clara - a beautifully hand-crafted Nutcracker. During Christmas dinner, Clara slips away to admire her Nutcracker and imagines that he comes alive to dance with her. The doorbell rings and a bear scurries in, admires the tree and dances happily with the Christmas toys. The party breaks up in a flurry of dancing and silliness and romance. “Good night Everyone! Merry Christmas!


Clara falls asleep but is soon awakened by the terrifying Mouse King who is about to steal her beloved Nutcracker. The clock strikes midnights.


Moonlight shimmers through the window and the room starts to change into something strange and new. Clara finds Mr. Drosselmeier who tries to convince her that she has nothing to fear. Suddenly, before her very eyes, the room and the Christmas tree begin to grow. Clara is attacked by scurrying mice while trying to save her Nutcracker. The Nutcracker comes alive and chases the mice away. Dieter’s squadron of toy soldiers and Mounted Police are now a living regiment and battle fiercely against the menacing mice with cannons, swords and every ounce of cleverness the can muster. The battle takes a turn for the worse when Fritz is wounded and the Nutcracker is shot by the Mouse King while attempting to help Dieter.


Finally, Clara defeats the Mouse King and begs Mr. Drosselmeier to help her wounded Nutcracker. It’s only after Clara professes her love for Nutcracker that Mr. Drosselmeier can bring him to life again. The Nutcracker was Julien all along and he is now a handsome prince. Thy walk hand in hand into a magical pine forest, dancing under a sky filled with stars and the Northern Lights. Snow begins to fall.


The Nutcracker Prince and Clara travel to the Sugar Plum Fairy’s kingdom, where adorable little angels along with Mr. Drosselmeier help with the preparations for their arrival. The Sugar Plum Fairy gives Clara and Prince Julien a very warm welcome and an elaborate ceremony ensues to honour them. Wonderful dances from many different lands and many more delights are performed, reminding Clara of all the people arriving every day to their country. In a beautiful pas de deux, the prince has the great honour of dancing with Clara. She simply floats in time to the music. In a grand farewell gesture, all the inhabitants of the magical land gather to bid Clara a happy journey home.


When Clara wakes up, she is happy to be in her own bedroom. The Nutcracker stands proudly next to her. Remembering her dream, she’s relived to see her big brother Fritz striding into the room, alive and well, and announcing, “It’s snowing!” They bundle up, go outside and watch the snow fluttering down. It was the best Christmas ever!

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