It wouldn’t be the holidays without The Nutcracker
Families can choose between two productions of this classic holiday season ballet
'The Nutcracker' by Les Grands Ballets Canadiens
Over the years, The Nutcracker ballet has become synonymous with the holiday season in Montreal. If you’ve never seen a production, or if you want to revisit the magic, there are several performances taking place in and around the city this December.
Originally performed in 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia, the classic Christmas tale has continued to delight audiences of all ages. The ballet, which was originally scored by Russian composer Tchaikovsky, is based on the eponymous German tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. It follows the story of a young girl named Clara who is transported to the mystical Land of Snow and meets a motley crew of fascinating characters after receiving an enchanted nutcracker toy.
In Les Grand Ballets Canadiens’ rendition, more than 150 dancers and extras choreographed by Fernand Nault will take the stage at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier accompanied by the Grands Ballets Orchestra. Two performances will be given daily from Dec. 14 to 30, a matinée at 2 p.m. and then again at 7:30 p.m. For young fans, an actor will read the original story an hour before the show and pick an audience member to play a mouse later in the performance. Tickets can be purchased online at grandsballets.com.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Ballet Ouest production of The Nutcracker will be choreographed and staged by Claude Caron. The performance will feature the school’s young dancers as well as intricate audiovisual elements. The shows will be held at the Centre Pierre Péladeau on Dec. 2 and 3, Théâtre des Deux Rives in St. Jean-sur-Richelieu on Dec. 9, and La Salle J.-Antonio-Thompson in Trois-Rivières on Dec. 16 and 17. Ticket prices vary and can be purchased online at balletouest.com/productions/nutcracker.