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Holiday magic: Ballet Jörgen's 'The Nutcracker' comes to STC in November

Four performances on local stage between Nov. 14 and 16
(Supplied/Linda Schettle for Ballet Jörgen) 

Holiday magic is made across the country year after year by Ballet Jörgen's traditional treasure The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition.

Created by acclaimed choreographer and Ballet Jörgen's artistic director Bengt Jörgen to Tchaikovsky's well-loved score, this beautiful Canadian work is coming to Sudbury Theatre Centre's stage for just four performances – Nov. 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 16 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.

With well over 100 costumes in richly coloured fabrics, The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition brings out the magic of Canada. Audiences are taken on Klara's familiar, magical dream journey as she arrives in Canada and experiences winter landscapes 
filled with snowflakes, lumberjacks, Mounties and creatures of the woods. 

Early 20th century landscapes make up the stunning 30-foot backdrops, including Franklin Carmichael's Church and Houses at Bisset (1931), Tom Thompson's Snow in the Woods (1916), and L.L. Fitzgerald's Trees and Wildflowers (1922).

This celebration of the wonder of the season is based on the popular traditional story The Nutcracker and the King of Mice by E.T.A. Hoffman, enjoyed by audiences for years. 

The ballet's second act is remembered for its celebration of varied dances and our charming divertissements of raccoons, loons, dragonflies and bears demonstrate Klara's longing for the summer months as she travels excitedly through her dreams. 

The iconic, show-stopping pas-de-deux in the final act is lovingly danced by Lord and Lady Birch as they usher Klara safely home at the end of the adventure.

Ballet Jörgen's Nutcracker has become a national treasure that will warm the hearts of young and old alike, said a press release.

It is a holiday tradition that has showcased the magic of the season for years. Rediscover the joy of dance with the show that audiences return to see again and again: The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition.

The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition is likely to sell out by opening night - don't be disappointed, the press release said.

Tickets cost $45 each. Book them online at, phone the STC DiBrina Box Office at 705-674-8381, ext. 21 or stop by in person at 170 Shaughnessy St. in Downtown Sudbury.