The Nutcracker


ST. JOHN’S, NL – 27 SEPTEMBER 2016 - Kittiwake Dance Theatre, the province’s oldest not-for-profit semi-professional dance company, is celebrating their 30th anniversary with an audible bang!  Kittiwake Dance Theatre has commissioned the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra (NSO) to accompany a special Gala Performance of our holiday favourite, The Nutcracker, on the evening of Sunday December 18th. This marks the first time in the province’s history that this classic full-length ballet is performed with live music.

“We are thrilled to be creating history by performing this heartwarming ballet with live music, especially with an orchestra the caliber of the NSO”, says Martin Vallee, Kittiwake Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director.   “Having a live orchestra performing with the dancers will truly bring The Nutcracker to life for the audience.”

Along with a full cast of local dancers from across the Avalon and surrounding areas, Kittiwake also invites special guest artists from Atlantic Ballet Theatre to perform the iconic roles of Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier.  The Nutcracker surprises don’t stop there!  More exciting updates will be announced as the show draws near.

The Nutcracker show times are Friday, December 16 at 7:30, Saturday, December 17 at 2:00 & 7:30 and Sunday’s Gala Performance with the NSO on Sunday, December 18 at 7:30. Tickets ($32/$65) are available at the Arts & Culture Centre Box office (729-3900 or

For more information, please contact:

Marlayne Hardy


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The Nutcracker has become a St. John's family tradition – allowing families to create a magical transition into the Christmas season through the experience of dance performance - see it again for the first time!

The Story of The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker, with music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and story by E T A Hoffmann is timeless.  It is Christmas at the Stahlbaum house. Clara and Fritz are very anxious to be allowed to enter the parlour and see what is under the Christmas tree.  The children are seen peeking through the keyhole as the family begins to decorate and prepare for the guests to arrive. Once the guests have arrived the party begins.

The mysterious family friend, Drosselmeyer, appears, distributing gifts to the children.  A very special gift goes to Clara - a Nutcracker. In a fit of jealousy, Clara's brother Fritz, grabs the Nutcracker and breaks it. Clara is heart-broken and after the guests leave, she comes back to the parlour where she had left the Nutcracker. After retrieving it she falls asleep on the couch, the Nutcracker safely wrapped in her arms. 

Clara is awakened byvthe sounds of Mice and Rats all around her. Fritz appears. The Nutcracker, Gingerbreads, and his soldiers defend them against the Mice and Rats. Having won the battle, The Nutcracker turns into a Prince and takes the children on a fabulous journey through a Winter Wonderland, and to a Land of Magic and Toys, where they meet many fabulous characters including the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.

After these magical adventures, Clara wakes, to find herself back on the couch with the Nutcracker in her arms. Was it all a dream?