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Here’s why “The Nutcracker” is the magical Christmas experience you’ve been looking for in Vancouver

Goh Ballet's The Nutcracker returns to the stage from December 15 - 18, 2022 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Photo courtesy of Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker

130 years after the original Nutcracker was first staged, the wonder of the season lives on as one of the most beloved holiday events in Vancouver. It’s time for Goh Ballet's The Nutcracker, coming to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre this December 15 - 18.

Featuring glittering costumes, towering sets, and mesmerizing dancing, Goh Ballet's The Nutcracker depicts the unforgettable adventure of Clara’s gallant Nutcracker Prince as he battles the evil Mouse King and his army of mischievous mice. With a few interactive treats thrown in for the audience, guests can step into Clara’s world like never before.

Goh Ballet's The Nutcracker has been a favourite tradition and must-see Christmas event in Vancouver since the production's premiere in 2009. Here’s why this year’s production is expected to be better than ever.

The magic starts before the show

This year, the Goh Ballet will invite you to step foot inside the enchanting world of this holiday classic before the show even begins. There will be Nutcracker photo booths, photo opportunities with characters from the show, dance classes, and other fun holiday surprises for the whole family.

The cast is out of this world

Photo courtesy of Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker

This world-class production has gathered performers from 29 Lower Mainland dance organizations, including the Goh Ballet Academy, to collaborate with acclaimed performers and fan favourites, like Netflix star Jacqueline Robbins as Grandmother and popular Vancouver-based drag performer Christopher Hunte (aka Symone) as Mother Ginger in his 12th reprisal of the role.

Goh Ballet is thrilled to welcome internationally celebrated Principal Dancers Ashley Bouder (New York City Ballet) as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Sterling Baca (Philadelphia Ballet) as Prince Cavalier, and Cecilia Iliesiu (Pacific Northwest Ballet) as the Snow Queen. Dammiel Cruz-Garrido (Pacific Northwest Ballet) will also be joining Goh Ballet as the Snow King with a new rank: first soloist. Adding to the diversity of the production’s cast, the ever-curious Clara will be danced by emerging ballerinas Poppie Jenke and Theepika Sivananthan.

It’s back after a two-year hiatus

Returning to the stage at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, this year’s production is under the guidance of Executive Producer Chan Hon Goh and Emmy-winning choreographer Anna-Marie Holmes, who have brought together more than 200 dancers to reimagine this year’s staging of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic.

The music is enchanting

Photo courtesy of Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Goh Ballet's The Nutcracker is the only locally-produced presentation to also feature live musical accompaniment by the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, as well as a choir, who will bring the magic of Tchaikovsky's wintery score to life.

It’s a VIP experience

Admission starts at $28 per person and VIP Experience packages are also available for those looking for an exclusive option that includes a pre-show champagne reception in the VIP lounge, as well as the opportunity to go backstage for a tour and meet and greet with the cast members. Tickets are on sale now for their five performances happening December 15 to 18 in Vancouver.

Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker promises to delight audiences once more, taking them on a heart-warming journey into a magical world of Christmas past, present, and future.



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