Katherine Lyster will bring the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy to life on the stage of the Sid Williams Theatre. Photo by Natasha Kozak

Katherine Lyster will bring the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy to life on the stage of the Sid Williams Theatre. Photo by Natasha Kozak

Seasonal favourite comes to the Sid Williams Theatre

Many of us can remember a favourite Christmas gift – what is your memory?

Was it something you asked for – or a total surprise? Purchased from a store – or made by hand? What would it have been like if that favourite gift magically came to life?

One mystical Christmas Eve – that’s exactly what happens for young Marie. Her favourite gift is a beautiful toy nutcracker handcrafted by her godfather. After she goes to sleep that night, she discovers to her amazement that her beloved toy is enchanted as it turns into a glorious nutcracker prince.

Traditionally presented as a ballet, this year’s production is set as a musical. The production still features a beautiful dance to much of Tchaikovsky’s original score. Added to this are songs and a script that presents the magic of Hoffman’s story.

Beginning with an old-fashioned Christmas Eve party, the story proceeds to a dream involving a battle of mice and toy soldiers, and a journey to Land of Sweets where Marie is guided by the Sugar Plum Fairy. Here, Marie encounters dancing snow, floating angels and waltzing flowers, and incredible guests from foreign lands.

Come join the magic at the Sid Williams Theatre Dec. 14 and 15, and experience this gift for yourself as the Laurie Tinkler School of Dance presents: Nutcracker… The Musical, live on stage.

Suitable for the whole family, this production is something everyone can enjoy. The storyline is delightful; the costumes are beautiful. And the lyrics help to tell the story.

There will be two performances of Nutcracker… The Musical. On Friday, Dec. 14, an evening show will begin at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 15, there is a matinee at 2 p.m.

Tickets are now on sale at the Sid Williams Box Office: adults $19.50, students $16.50 and children under six years $5.50.