Christmas is just a few more sleeps away (I can’t help but feel like I’m six years old at this time of year), and last night I got to partake in that most anticipated of Christmas traditions, the Nutcracker Ballet.
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet never misses a beat when it come to their productions and this one was no exception. Everything about it was absolutely breathtaking from the living room scene where the Christmas trees grows right before your eyes, to the magical forest where the snow glistened from the Northern lights to the tiny beams of light that sparkled on the dropped curtains during scene changes. Every details was accounted for.
I particularly loved the twist on the classic tale as it connected to Winnipeg and Canada. The show is set in a stately home on Wellington Crescent and featured quintessential Canadian scenes like a snowy pond hockey game and a battle on Parliament Hill.
Of course, the costumes were dazzling—elaborate and elegant with just the right amount of sparkle. And the audience couldn’t resist a collective “aww” when the oh-so-adorable little mice and angels took to the stage.
My favourite scene was in the kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy where multicultural dances were performed including a new take on the traditional with a modern almost Egyptian-like routine. It added a delightfully unexpected element.
And, of course, since this is a show perfect for the whole family, a bit of comic relief for the kids came from Filbert the Bear, who was seen popping up behind windows and giving in to general silliness. (Definitely my kind of guy.) Check out this behind the scenes video of him during rehearsal.
The Nutcracker runs until December 28 at the Centennial Concert Hall. For tickets, visit the RWB box office or Ticketmaster.