Nutcracker

Nutcracker

Nutcracker

Premier Sponsor: Great West Life

Rediscover the magic of your childhood with Nutcracker. As the clock strikes midnight the adventure of a lifetime begins. Before the final curtain falls, Clara will battle the evil Mouse King, fall in love with her dashing Nutcracker prince and find herself on a storybook journey that will take her into the heart of a timeless fairytale.

The breathtaking production features a cast of characters of all ages from the RWB School and Company. A magical Tchaikovsky score is showcased in its full glory by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and accompanied by a live choir whose voices soar as Clara and her Prince begin their journey.

As much a part of the holiday season as pond hockey and mistletoe, Nutcracker is a Christmas tradition for all ages.

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Featured Creative Team

    Choreography

    Galina Yordanova & Nina Menon

    Lighting Design

    Michael J. Whitfield

    Music

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Costume Design

    Paul Daigle

    Scenic Design

    Brian Perchaluk

Full Cast

Chenxin Liu
Chenxin Liu as Clara (Dec 21, 23), Clara’s Friends (Dec 22, 26, 29), Snowflake (Dec 20, 22, 29, 28, 29), Waltz of Flowers and pas de quatre (Dec 22, 29), Chinese (Dec 22m, 28)
Sophia Lee
Sophia Lee as Clara (Dec 19, 26), Clara's Parents (Dec 21, 22m, 23, 28), Sugar Plum Fairy (Dec 22m, 28), Gigue (Dec 22m, 28), Spanish (Dec 20, 22, 29)
Yayoi Ban
Yayoi Ban as Clara (Dec 20), Snowflakes (Dec 19, 22, 23, 26), Sugar Plum Fairy (Dec 19, 22), Gigue (Dec 19, 22), Spanish (Dec 21, 23, 28), Arabian (Dec 22m, 26, 29)
Alanna McAdie
Alanna McAdie as Clara (Dec 22m, 28), Clara’s Friends (Dec 19, 21, 22, 23, 26, 29), Snowflake (Dec 19, 20, 21, 22e, 23, 26, 29), Waltz of Flowers and pas de quatre (Dec 20, 26), Chinese (Dec 19, 21, 22, 29)
Saeka Shirai
Saeka Shirai as Clara (Dec 22, 29), Clara’s Friends (Dec 19, 20, 21, 23, 28), Snowflakes (Dec 19, 21, 22m, 23, 26, 28, 29), Waltz of Flowers and pas de quatre (Dec 19, 22m, 28), Chinese (Dec 20, 23, 26)
Sarah Davey
Sarah Davey as Clara's Parents (Dec 20, 22, 29), Aunt Josephine (Dec 19, 22m, 28), Sugar Plum Fairy (Dec 21, 23, 29), Gigue (Dec 21, 23, 29), Spanish (Dec 19, 22m, 26), Arabian (Dec 20, 22e, 28)
Elizabeth Lamont
Elizabeth Lamont as Clara's Parents (Dec 19, 26), Aunt Josephine (Dec 21, 23, 29), Clara’s Friends (Dec 20, 22m, 28), Snowflakes (Dec 19, 20, 21, 22e, 23, 28, 29), Waltz of Flowers and pas de quatre (Dec 21, 23), Spanish (Dec 19, 22m, 26)
Stephan Azulay
Stephan Azulay as Clara's Parents (Dec 21, 26), Edouard - Josephine’s fiancé (Dec 19, 22m, 28), Drosselmeier (Dec 20, 22, 29), Soldiers & Mounted Police (Dec 19, 22m, 28), Waltz of Flowers and pas de quatre (Dec 26, 28), Spanish (Dec 20, 22, 29), Chinese (Dec 20, 22, 29), Gigue (Dec 20, 22, 29), Arabian (Dec 19, 21,
Liam Caines
Liam Caines as Clara's Parents (Dec 20, 22, 23, 28), Drosselmeier (Dec 19, 22m, 26), Soldiers & Mounted Police (Dec 21, 22, 23, 28), Spanish (Dec 19, 22m, 26), Chinese (Dec 19, 22m, 26), Gigue (Dec 19, 22m, 26), Arabian (Dec 20, 22, 28)
Josh Reynolds
Josh Reynolds as Clara's Parents (Dec 19, 22m, 29), Edouard - Josephine’s fiancé (Dec 20, 22e, 26), Drosselmeier (Dec 21, 23, 28), Soldiers & Mounted Police (Dec 19, 20, 2m, 26, 29), Waltz of Flowers and pas de quatre (Dec 19, 22), Spanish (Dec 21, 23, 28), Chinese (Dec 21, 23, 28), Gigue (Dec 21, 23, 28), Arabian (
Jo-Ann Sundermeier
Jo-Ann Sundermeier as Clara's Grandmother
Yosuke Mino
Yosuke Mino as Fritz (Dec 19, 22, 29), The Nutcracker Prince (Dec 22m, 28), The Mouse King (Dec 20, 26)
Yue Shi
Yue Shi as Fritz (Dec 21, 23), The Nutcracker Prince (Dec 22, 29), Clara’s Friends (Dec 20, 26), Evil Sorcerer (Dec 20, 22m, 26), Waltz of Flowers and pas de quatre (Dec 20, 22m, 23, 28)
Ryan Vetter
Ryan Vetter as Fritz (Dec 26), The Nutcracker Prince (Dec 20), Clara’s Friends (Dec 19, 22m, 23, 29), Evil Sorcerer (Dec 22, 28), The Mouse King (Dec 21, 23), Waltz of Flowers and pas de quatre (Dec 19, 21, 22, 26, 29)
Dmitri Dovgoselets
Dmitri Dovgoselets as Fritz (Dec 20, 22m, 28), The Nutcracker Prince (Dec 21, 23)
Jaimi Deleau
Jaimi Deleau as Aunt Josephine (Dec 20, 22e, 26), Snowflake, Sugar Plum Fairy (Dec 20, 26), Gigue (Dec 20, 26), Spanish (Dec 21, 23, 28)
Tyler Carver
Tyler Carver as Edouard - Josephine’s fiancé (Dec 21, 23, 29), The Nutcracker Prince (Dec 19, 26), Party Guest (Dec 19, 21, 22m, 23, 28, 29), Soldiers & Mounted Police (Dec 21, 23, 29), Waltz of Flowers and pas de quatre (Dec 20, 21, 22m, 23, 29)
Erika Delponte
Erika Delponte as Clara’s Friends, Snowflake, Waltz of Flowers and pas de quatre
Liam Saito
Liam Saito as Clara’s Friends, Evil Sorcerer (Dec 19, 21, 23, 29), The Mouse King (Dec 19, 22, 29), Soldiers & Mounted Police (Dec 20, 21, 22m, 23, 26, 28), Waltz of Flowers and pas de quatre
Peter Lancksweerdt
Peter Lancksweerdt as Clara’s Friends (Dec 21, 22, 28), The Mouse King (Dec 22m, 28), Soldiers & Mounted Police (Dec 20, 22, 26), Waltz of Flowers and pas de quatre
Aoi Hatanaka
Aoi Hatanaka as Party Guest (Dec 20, 22e, 26), Mouse Army (Dec 20, 22m, 23, 28), Snowflake, Waltz of Flowers and pas de quatre
Erin Atkinson
Erin Atkinson as Party Guest, Mouse Army, Snowflake, Waltz of Flowers and pas de quatre
Katie Simpson
Katie Simpson as Party Guest (Dec 19, 21, 22e, 26, 29), Bear (Dec 20, 22m, 23, 28), Mouse Army (Dec 19, 21, 22, 26, 29), Snowflake, Waltz of Flowers and pas de quatre
Katie Bonnell
Katie Bonnell as Party Guest (Dec 20, 22m, 23, 28), Bear (Dec 19, 21, 22e, 26, 29), Snowflake (Dec 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 28, 29), Spanish (Dec 20, 22, 29), Arabian (Dec 19, 21, 23)
Clare Fleming
Clare Fleming as Party Guest, Mouse Army, Snowflake, Waltz of Flowers and pas de quatre (Dec 19, 21, 22, 26, 29)
Peter-Nicholas Taylor
Peter-Nicholas Taylor as Party Guest, Soldiers & Mounted Police, Hudson
Zhenxi Geng
Zhenxi Geng as Party Guest, Soldiers & Mounted Police
Josh Phillips
Josh Phillips as Party Guest, Soldiers & Mounted Police
Bryce Taylor
Bryce Taylor as Party Guest, Soldiers & Mounted Police (Dec 19, 22e, 29)
Michel Lavoie
Michel Lavoie as Butler, Soldiers & Mounted Police
Amanda Solheim
Amanda Solheim as Maid, Mouse Army, Snowflake, Waltz of Flowers and pas de quatre
Sarah Snider
Sarah Snider as Maid, Mouse Army, Snowflake, Waltz of Flowers and pas de quatre
Rachel Gibbs
Rachel Gibbs as Bats, Snowflake, Waltz of Flowers and pas de quatre (Dec 20, 22m, 23, 28)
Emilie Lewis
Emilie Lewis as Bats, Mouse Army, Snowflake, Waltz of Flowers and pas de quatre
Jenna Burns
Jenna Burns as Bats, Mouse Army, Snowflake, Waltz of Flowers and pas de quatre
Ryley Krauss
Ryley Krauss as Bats, Mouse Army, Snowflake, Waltz of Flowers and pas de quatre
Chihiro Kobayashi
Chihiro Kobayashi as Snowflake, Waltz of Flowers and pas de quatre

All casting is subject to change  

Synopsis

SETTING

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.

OVERTURE

‘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.

ACT 1 - SCENE 1 - CLARA’S BEDROOM

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.

SCENE II - THE CHRISTMAS PARTY

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 shy when he introduces her to his grandnephew, Julien. In no time at all, the tree is decorated and Clara has the honor 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!

SCENE III - BEDTIME

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

SCENE IV - THE LIVING ROOM

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.

SCENE V - A MAGICAL FOREST

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.

ACT II - SCENE I - THE KINGDOM

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.

SCENE II - EARLY MORNING

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!