A Christmas tradition returns to Haliburton
|By Lisa Gervais - Editor | Nov. 29, 2018|
With more than 80 dancers, most of them children between the ages of three and 17, and more than 200 costumes, The Nutcracker is poised to continue a Haliburton Christmas tradition when it hits the stage this coming weekend.
Tanya McCready said the older girl’s costumes, which were made by Dani Smolen, are stunning and worthy of the National Ballet stage. She said all of the costumes are fitted, cleaned and altered one child at a time by two volunteer moms.
The Snow Queen this year is Claire Karaguesian, who has been in every one of the 15 productions.
As always, Heritage Ballet’s Julie Barban is the master choreographer that brings the spectacle together.
McCready said that every year, parents and new audience members are amazed by what goes into this production.
“They say things such as, ‘I had no idea’,” she said.
Stage run through without costumes is Wednesday Nov. 28 after school and dress rehearsal is Friday afternoon, Nov. 30. For the public, there are three show times: Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. The show runs for one hour and 45 minutes and takes place at the Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion in Haliburton. Purchase tickets online at onstagedirect.com. The online deadline for ticket purchases is midnight before performance day
LISA GERVAIS is the editor for The Highlander.