Nya Robinson is thrilled to be dancing in the role of Clara in this year’s production of The Nutcracker.

A holiday favourite returns to the Sid

There are many signs that Christmas is just around the corner – in the Comox Valley, one of the sure signs is news that The Nutcracker is returning to the Sid Williams Theatre.

This is the 14th year that the Laurie Tinkler School of Dance has staged this much-loved holiday treat. Complete with dancing gumdrops, candy canes and even a gingerbread cookie fresh from the oven, this magical adaptation of the classic ballet is sure to pull guests of all ages into its captivating spell.

The fanciful story of The Nutcracker begins with a Christmas Eve party at the home of a young girl named Clara and her brother Fritz. During the party, many of the children’s Christmas gifts come to life including a rag doll and a teddy bear.

With the arrival of godfather Drosselmeyer comes even more magic. He brings such enchanted gifts as a life-size jack-in-a-box and a Christmas doll whose dances captivate the party goers. Clara is filled with delight when she finally receives her present – the fantastic Nutcracker.

Exhausted from the party, Clara falls asleep and has an incredible dream. She imagines a fierce battle between the Rat King aided by the mice army and the Nutcracker Prince with his toy soldiers.

The victorious prince takes Clara on a journey to the Land of Snow where they are welcomed by angels and snowflakes. In the Kingdom of Sweets, she is presented with dancing treats from Arabia, Spain and Russia. Her joy is complete as she meets the Sugar Plum Fairy. In the end, Clara is left wondering if had all been real or simply a wonderful dream.

Come and join Clara in her wonderful adventure with the Nutcracker Prince.

There will be two performances of The Nutcracker this year. On Friday, Dec. 15, an evening show will begin at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday Dec. 16, there will be a matinee at 2 p.m.

Both shows take place at the Sid Williams Theatre. This show will lift you into the spirit of Christmas. Tickets are now on sale at the Sid Williams Box Office: adults $17, students $14 and children under six years are $3.

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