Dec 13 2017 | Posted in Press Releases

Notable Winnipeggers step outside of their comfort zones and on stage for Nutcracker

RWB's Filbert and

​Every year the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) invites individuals tied to the local community, such as musicians, professional athletes, and media personalities, to join the RWB Company and School dancers on stage as Nutcracker walk-on roles. This year, the RWB is pleased to welcome 17—and counting, special guests to Nutcracker’s cast from December 21-30 at the Centennial Concert Hall.

While most of those filling walk-on roles are used to some facet of a spotlight, being on stage in RWB’s Nutcracker is a memorable first for all.​

This year’s roles also include the familiar faces of TSN Reporter Sara Orlesky, Nahanni Fontaine, New Democratic Party MLA, and the Juno-award winning David Landreth of The Bros. Landreth. Those in the audience on December 28 will be pleased to see Winnipeg Jets’ Dmitry Kulikov and Adam Lowry grace the stage alongside world-class dancers. CJNU FM Host Chris Reid, Lennard Taylor, local fashion designer, and RWB Chair Emeritus Jean Giguère will also join the daily cast of 84 dancers.​

“One of the best, and perhaps, only good memories of my childhood was the couple of months I was enrolled in ballet,” said Nahanni Fontaine, New Democratic Party MLA. “Ballet made me feel special and talented. A couple of years ago, with the generous support of the RWB, I organized to have over twenty of Manitoba’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls family members attend the Nutcracker - it was a beautiful, and much appreciated, evening. I am beyond excited for the opportunity to participate in this year’s Nutcracker and say ‘Meegwetch’ for the invitation!”​

City Councillor and Speaker of Council Devi Sharma and the Hon. Cathy Cox, Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage, will also make a Nutcracker cameo, along with local blogger Monique Andrew (, Cheryl Sharfe of the Canada Council for the Arts, and our Great West Life Colouring Contest and RWB Ballet Ball 2016 winners.​

Nutcracker is a holiday staple and one that really anchors the festive season for my family. It feels tremendously special to be invited to be involved in of one of this year’s shows,” said David Landreth of The Bros. Landreth. “I’m really excited and very grateful to be taking part!”​

​Nutcracker has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Manitoba Arts Council. The RWB would like to express their gratitude to Great West Life, Premier Sponsor of Nutcracker, who have supported Nutcracker annually since 1997.

“The Nutcracker is a timeless and well-known holiday performance, both in Winnipeg and around the world. We’re proud to support this classic production again this year,” said Debbie Down, Manager, Community Relations, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life. “For decades, the RWB has done an excellent job of bringing our community together through the arts, not only during the holidays but year-round. We wish them the best in what will no doubt be another successful season.”​


December 21 - 7:00 p.m.
Hon. Cathy Cox, Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage
Jean Giguère, Chair Emeritus, RWB Board
Dennis Giguère, Retired Air Canada Pilot
Lennard Taylor, Local Fashion Designer

December 22 - 7:00 p.m.
Sara Orlesky, TSN Reporter
Cheryl Sharfe, Board Member, Canada Council for the Arts

December 23 - 1:00 p.m.
Alexia Balingit, GWL Colouring Contest Winner
Beberly Balingit, GWL Colouring Contest Winner
Brooklynn Warnick, RWB Gala 2016 Contest Winner
Makayla Warnick, RWB Gala 2016 Contest Winner

December 23 - 7:00 p.m.
Nahanni Fontaine, New Democratic Party MLA

December 26 - 4:00 p.m.
Trevor Penner, Marathon Athlete

December 28 - 7:00 p.m.
Dmitry Kulikov, Winnipeg Jets
Adam Lowry, Winnipeg Jets
Devi Sharma, City Councillor

December 29 - 7:00 p.m.
Chris Reid, CJNU FM Host

December 30 1:00 p.m.
Monique Andrew, Style Hunter Fox Blog
David Landreth, The Bros. Landreth



Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Thursday, December 21 to Saturday, December 30, 2017

7:00 pm December 21, 22, 23, 28, 29; matinees at 1:00 pm on December 23, 30; afternoon at 4:00 pm on December 26

Tickets for Nutcracker start as low as $29.00 for adults and $25.00 for children plus taxes and fees and can be purchased online at, in person through the RWB Customer Service Office at 380 Graham Avenue or by calling 204-956-2792 or toll free 1-800-667-4792. Groups of ten or more should contact the RWB Customer Service Office for more information on group discounts.

“a captivating fantasy…rapturously romantic.” Winnipeg Free Press, 2011

“RWB hasn’t lost fairy-tale touch…seasonal tradition delightful, dazzling.” Winnipeg Free Press 2015

“Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s talent is pristine and flawless, never missing a beat with this ever-moving narrative.” Lords of Dogwood, 2014