Ballet Jorgen Du Canada will host its annual Christmas play, The Nutcracker, at the Centre in the Square in Kitchener on Dec. 28. The first show will be at 2 p.m. and the second, at 7 p.m. Ballet Jorgen Du Canada has a long history of hosting this Canadian tradition since its first showing in 1995. The creator of the ballet and co-founder of the company is Bengt Jorgen.
The General Manager of the Ballet Jorgen Du Canada, Stephen Word said, “Ballet Jorgen has performed this version, titled The Nutcracker: A Canadian Christmas Tradition since 2008, and it remains mostly unchanged. The ballet is set in the Algonquin Park area in the early 1900s. It was created in partnership with the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the ballet’s backdrops are re-creations of paintings from some of Canada’s most famous 20th century landscape artists.”
He explained the amount of work and time put into preparing for each year’s ballet.
“New ballets typically take three to four months to create and can take as little as two or three weeks to re-stage. The company can have a ballet like The Nutcracker, which has been around for a long time and is performed every year, ready to go very quickly,” Word said.
Word said that The Nutcracker sales remain fairly consistent from year-to-year and it remains one of the most popular performances.
“Though it is too early to tell where we will end up, sales this year are exceeding expectations,” Word said
Piper Nickerson is a fan of the Holiday season.
“I don’t normally go to live action theatre. If someone asked me to go see one though, I wouldn’t say no. Especially The Nutcracker around Christmas time,” Nickerson said. “I’ve always liked the story of The Nutcracker. My Grandma used to have nutcrackers around the house in the Holidays.”
The Ballet Jorgen Du Canada’s showing of The Nutcracker has been a beloved tradition in Canada since 1995.
Ticket prices range from $25 to around $300.
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