A dancer in character for The Nutcracker.

A dancer in character for The Nutcracker.

Tinkler dancers present The Nutcracker

Holiday traditions can be very powerful.

One growing tradition for many Comox Valley families is a trip to the Sid for a performance of The Nutcracker.

Young and old will be filling the seats at the theatre eager to see the beautiful story unfold on the stage.

This marks the 12th year that the Laurie Tinkler dancers have presented The Nutcracker to the Valley. Suitable for the whole family, this adapted version of the traditional classic makes ballet very accessible.

The storyline is delightful, the costumes are beautiful and the length of the production satisfies. This year’s show features new choreography by Natasha Kozak and Laurie Tinkler with two brand new roles – the Rose Queen and the Ice Princess.

The production begins with the Christmas Eve Party at the home of young Clara and her brother Fritz. During the party, many of their holiday gifts and treats come to life, including the Teddy Bear and  a gingerbread cookie. When Godfather Drosselmeyer arrives, he brings fanciful gifts such as a  lifesize Jack-in-a box and a Christmas doll whose dances enchant the party-goers. Clara is filled with delight when she receives her present — the fantastic Nutcracker.

Exhausted from the party, Clara falls asleep and has a most vivid dream where the Nutcracker Prince goes to battle against the Rat King. Victorious, the prince then takes Clara off on a journey to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. Here, she is charmed by dancing candy canes and gumdrops, and enchanted by dancers from foreign lands.

There will be two performances of The Nutcracker this year: Friday, Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and a Saturday, Dec. 19 matinee (2 p.m.). Both shows take place at the Sid Williams Theatre. This show will lift you into the spirit of Christmas. Tickets are on sale at the Sid Williams box office: adults $17, students $14 and children under six years $3.

 

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