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The enchanting holiday tradition of The Nutcracker comes to Campbell River

This student ballet company is comprised of talented dancers from Campbell River and Port Alberni
The holiday tradition of The Nutcracker comes to Campbell River Dec. 9. Photo: Bluetree Photography

Get ready to be whisked away into the magical world of The Nutcracker, the beloved and nostalgic Christmas ballet.

River-Port Danceworks transforms the Tidemark Theatre into an enchanting holiday wonderland on Saturday, Dec. 9 celebrating its eighth season.

This student ballet company, comprised of talented local dancers from Campbell River and Port Alberni, invites you to join them for an unforgettable experience.

The Nutcracker isn’t just a ballet; it’s a cherished tradition in the ballet world, and after eight years, it has become a heartwarming holiday tradition right here in Campbell River. The timeless story unfolds on stage, recounting the magical journey of young Clara, who receives a nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve and embarks on a fantastical adventure to the Land of Sweets, meeting captivating characters like the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Nutcracker Prince.

Under the expert guidance of directors Jen Soo, Marsha Kwan, and Giovanni Giordano, the Nutcracker Touring Cast has been diligently training since July to bring this fairy tale to life. Vancouver-based professionals Kwan and Giordano aren’t just directing; they’ll also grace the stage in the pivotal roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Nutcracker Prince. The return of audience favourite Vladimir Pereira as Mother Ginger adds an extra layer of excitement to the performance.

This magical journey isn’t confined to Campbell River alone; the cast will also captivate audiences in Port Alberni, joined by young dancers from their respective home studios. Embrace the festive spirit by dressing in your holiday best and immersing yourself in the magical land of sweets. A carol choir will elevate the enchantment, filling the lobby with music, and young ballet enthusiasts can meet and snap photos with the professional guest performers after the show.

Tickets for this whimsical Campbell River experience are $28, plus applicable taxes and fees, available at the Tidemark Theatre Box Office for the Dec. 9, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m .performances.

“Don’t miss your chance to be part of this timeless holiday tradition in Cambell River. The music, the dancing, and the whimsy of the Land of Sweets really hits home on a new level when you realize these fantastic dancers are students right here in Campbell River,” says River-Port Danceworks Director Jen Soo.

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