Ballet BC Presents Alberta Ballet in The Nutcracker

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Ballet BC is proud to present the return of Alberta Ballet in their exquisite production of the holiday classic The Nutcracker at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, with live music by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Ballet BC Presents Alberta Ballet in The Nutcracker
Alberta Ballet in The Nutcracker. Photo by Yin Yi.

Ballet BC Presents Alberta Ballet in The Nutcracker

Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre (650 Hamilton St, Vancouver)
>When: December 28 to 30, 2017 at 7:30pm
& December 29 & 30, 2017 at 2:00pm
Tickets: Available online or by calling 1-855-985-2787 (855-985-ARTS) for $35 to $95 (plus service charges). Family 4-packs are available from $140-$300.

Choreographed by Edmund Stripe, with sets and costumes designed by Emmy Award-winning designer Zack Brown, The Nutcracker is set in turn of the 20th century Imperial Russia, an era of opulent grandeur.

This production “…sparkles like a Fabergé egg…” says the Vancouver Sun and extravagantly displays more than a million dollars in stunning sets and costumes. With scores of children, mice in the battle scene dressed as Cossack soldiers, and snowflakes dressed as Russian princesses, this “sparking and spectacular achievement” (The Calgary Herald) offers a perfect complement to Tchaikovsky’s glorious musical score played live by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Casting over 80 talented, aspiring young dancers from close to 20 dance schools across the Lower Mainland, this presentation also gives us a chance to support the local dance community and marks the first opportunity for these young dancers to perform with a professional ballet company.

Ballet BC’s Artistic Director Emily Molnar says, “Vancouver audiences were delighted with Alberta Ballet’s The Nutcracker when it was first presented here in 2011. We’re pleased to bring back this magical version of the famous Christmas ballet with live music by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, extravagant sets and costumes and the talented dancers of Alberta Ballet. The Nutcracker is unforgettable family entertainment that is sure to enrich your holiday season.”

Win Tickets

I have a pair of tickets to the opening of Ballet BC presents Alberta Ballet in The Nutcracker (December 28 at 7:30pm) to give away. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, December 19, 2017. Follow Ballet BC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more information about performances this season.

Update The winner is Amy Cross!

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103 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. TaniaTuesday, December 12th, 2017 — 1:35pm PST

    Amazing ballet!

  2. adamTuesday, December 12th, 2017 — 1:35pm PST

    would love to take my wife

  3. ariel cTuesday, December 12th, 2017 — 1:36pm PST

    yes please!

  4. RinoTuesday, December 12th, 2017 — 1:37pm PST

    What a treat

  5. MaryTuesday, December 12th, 2017 — 1:38pm PST

    I would love to see this

  6. ChistaTuesday, December 12th, 2017 — 1:54pm PST

    Great prize!

  7. Michelle WTuesday, December 12th, 2017 — 2:37pm PST

    I would love to go! The Nutcracker is a magical holiday experience.

  8. StotesTuesday, December 12th, 2017 — 2:38pm PST

    This would be great to see!

  9. MarinaTuesday, December 12th, 2017 — 3:14pm PST

    I used to dance at AB Ballet, would love to see them!

  10. wenTuesday, December 12th, 2017 — 3:31pm PST

    I would love to go and see this!

  11. Jeff STuesday, December 12th, 2017 — 4:04pm PST

    It would be so nice to take my girlfriend to this over the holidays.

  12. SharonTuesday, December 12th, 2017 — 7:39pm PST

    This would be amazing!

  13. Kristine ChewTuesday, December 12th, 2017 — 7:44pm PST

    That is such a great give away. It would be amazing to take my partner!

  14. ChristinaTuesday, December 12th, 2017 — 7:48pm PST

    Amazing to watch. Would love to go and see. Thank you.

  15. Bonnie YTuesday, December 12th, 2017 — 7:49pm PST

    I haven’t seen The Nutcracker before. It looks lovely.

  16. TaraTuesday, December 12th, 2017 — 8:23pm PST

    This would be lovely!

  17. RobTuesday, December 12th, 2017 — 8:24pm PST

    Love to take my wife.

  18. ConnieTuesday, December 12th, 2017 — 8:28pm PST

    I’ve never seen this ballet for the Nutcracker before. I would love to see it with my sister!

  19. MeganTuesday, December 12th, 2017 — 9:17pm PST

    Would love to show my kids this magic!

  20. StephanieTuesday, December 12th, 2017 — 9:19pm PST

    Love the ballet!

  21. Sunshine HTuesday, December 12th, 2017 — 9:19pm PST

    Would love to take my daughter to this show!

  22. JazzyTuesday, December 12th, 2017 — 9:26pm PST

    I would love to go!!

  23. PhoebeTuesday, December 12th, 2017 — 9:40pm PST

    My daughter loves hearing this story and I’m sure she will adore the ballet version!

  24. TrudyTuesday, December 12th, 2017 — 10:21pm PST

    This would be such a treat!!

  25. KellyTuesday, December 12th, 2017 — 10:25pm PST

    What a classic!

  26. ValTuesday, December 12th, 2017 — 10:54pm PST

    I would love to take my son

  27. NarceliTuesday, December 12th, 2017 — 10:57pm PST

    Yes,please! Thank you!

  28. EileenTuesday, December 12th, 2017 — 11:04pm PST

    I’d love to go!

  29. Melissa HoffmannTuesday, December 12th, 2017 — 11:11pm PST

    This would be a magical evening!

  30. Claudia AndrewsTuesday, December 12th, 2017 — 11:39pm PST

    I would LOVE to go to this SO bad. It would be my biggest Christmas present Ever! A DREAM come true!! Crossing my fingers, and toes and everything else! πŸ˜‰ I LOVE ballets esp the Nutcracker. I also love your site Miss604.com

  31. KristyWednesday, December 13th, 2017 — 12:05am PST

    Would love to see this production!!

  32. BevWednesday, December 13th, 2017 — 12:09am PST

    Oh my goodness..with the extravagant sets and costumes, and the talented dancers this would be a dream come true to take my granddaughter to! She loves to dance.. This sure would be sparking and spectacular for us both! Thanks for this amazing opportunity Miss 604!

  33. Elizabeth BWednesday, December 13th, 2017 — 12:26am PST

    I would love to take my daughter to see this performance! Thanks for the chance πŸ™‚

  34. neenaWednesday, December 13th, 2017 — 2:58am PST

    great holiday tradition

  35. JodiWednesday, December 13th, 2017 — 4:21am PST

    great prize!

  36. MinaWednesday, December 13th, 2017 — 9:54am PST

    This will be a great Xmas treat for my mom and myself!

  37. KatieWednesday, December 13th, 2017 — 10:26am PST

    Would love this!

  38. EmilyWednesday, December 13th, 2017 — 10:41am PST

    I’d love to go!

  39. KateWednesday, December 13th, 2017 — 11:19am PST

    I’ve always wanted to go!!!

  40. Mike gundersonWednesday, December 13th, 2017 — 11:19am PST

    Good Luck!

  41. Rita MWednesday, December 13th, 2017 — 12:53pm PST

    I’ve never seen the Nutcracker so I’d love to be able to win this and bring my daughter.

  42. Dannielle NaiduWednesday, December 13th, 2017 — 12:58pm PST

    I would love to go πŸ™‚

  43. JackieWednesday, December 13th, 2017 — 1:03pm PST

    this would be a real nice surprise clark

  44. AndreaWednesday, December 13th, 2017 — 2:24pm PST

    I would love to go!

  45. DonaldWednesday, December 13th, 2017 — 3:19pm PST

    Great for the Holidays!

  46. Stephanie bartonWednesday, December 13th, 2017 — 5:07pm PST

    I’ve never seen a ballet. Would love to go!

  47. Shelley ButcherWednesday, December 13th, 2017 — 7:01pm PST

    I love Christmas, ballet and The Nutcracker. Would love to take my granddaughter. πŸŽ„

  48. J PerryWednesday, December 13th, 2017 — 7:09pm PST

    Wonderful prize! I would love a night out.

  49. MelWednesday, December 13th, 2017 — 9:26pm PST

    Will make a great gift

  50. Cheuk LauWednesday, December 13th, 2017 — 9:59pm PST

    Great show

    Got to see it during Christmas time

  51. Tanya HWednesday, December 13th, 2017 — 10:25pm PST

    This would be amazing!

  52. HadleyThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 2:26am PST

    I would love to take my mom

  53. MeredithThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 7:53am PST

    Would so love to take my daughter

  54. KymThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 11:12am PST

    Great contest, thanks so much! Nutcracker is a wonderful way to celebrate Christmas. I would love to go with my partner, he has never been to the ballet.

  55. JenThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 11:58am PST

    a Christmas classic! we go every year

  56. AnikaThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 3:10pm PST

    This looks so beautiful!

  57. KarenThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 8:12pm PST

    I’d love to attend!

  58. AriaThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 9:01pm PST

    A Christmas tradition.

  59. RoseThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 9:02pm PST

    Nutcracker and the VSO – a perfect combination.

  60. AllyThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 9:04pm PST

    My friends are some of the kids on stage!

  61. AloThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 9:06pm PST

    My daughter is a Nutcracker super fan!

  62. YingThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 9:09pm PST

    Yay! Sugarplum fairy, mother ginger….keep dreaming. Zzzzzz

  63. YingThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 9:11pm PST

    Can’t imagine Christmas without nutcracker.

  64. GardenThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 9:16pm PST

    Wow what a classy pairing with live orchestra!

  65. AlexThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 9:19pm PST

    My young daughter loves nutcracker. Fingers crossed.

  66. behzadThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 9:38pm PST

    another great prize. thanks

  67. Virginia SThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 10:24pm PST

    A perfect excuse to leave my kid with my parents and have a date with my hubby.

  68. Kirsten FisherThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 10:35pm PST

    I would love to see The Nutcracker

  69. SandyThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 11:10pm PST

    A traditional classic holiday event !

  70. Nancy MartinFriday, December 15th, 2017 — 5:48am PST

    Wonderful time of the year – the Nutcracker is a fantastic way to celebrate the season. Merry Christmas πŸŽ„

  71. KristyFriday, December 15th, 2017 — 7:11am PST

    I would love to see the Alberta Ballet Nutcracker!

  72. BeckyFriday, December 15th, 2017 — 8:43am PST

    Yes please!

  73. WesFriday, December 15th, 2017 — 10:07am PST

    Would love to finally see this!

  74. MarleneFriday, December 15th, 2017 — 10:18am PST

    Wouldn’t this be a fabulous play at Christmas time. Thanks for the chance to win and have a Merry Christmas with your family.

  75. Sandra PinkFriday, December 15th, 2017 — 1:04pm PST

    Best part of Christmas is going to see the Nutcracker

  76. Stella PanagiotidisFriday, December 15th, 2017 — 1:06pm PST

    I’d love to attend this show!!! ❀❀❀

  77. ValerieFriday, December 15th, 2017 — 4:36pm PST

    Love the Nutcracker, have not seen it in many years.

  78. selinaFriday, December 15th, 2017 — 5:45pm PST

    always such a festive event! would love to see the performance!

  79. Travis WoodsFriday, December 15th, 2017 — 9:25pm PST

    What a wonderful way to ring in the new year and enjoy our first trip to Vancouver together!

  80. LorenaFriday, December 15th, 2017 — 11:27pm PST

    This would be a wonderful “Cultural and Christmas” performance to be remembered for years to come!

  81. AmandaSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 10:16am PST

    I would love to take my husband to see the Nutcracker! πŸ™‚

  82. AnjiSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 10:45am PST

    Please pick me!

  83. SeanSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 10:49am PST

    Would love to win this!

  84. JasonSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 11:39am PST

    Would love to take my wife to the ballet! And I’m from Alberta… perfect combination

  85. StephanieSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 5:13pm PST

    Would love to see this!

  86. daneSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 5:42pm PST

    over 80 local young dancers … adorable!

  87. Teresa KSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 6:29pm PST

    I’d love to win.

  88. LeahSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 9:58pm PST

    my daughter would love the costumes, the music and of course the dancing!

  89. Kim CSunday, December 17th, 2017 — 9:35am PST

    I’ve never seen The Nutcracker and would love to go.

  90. GraceSunday, December 17th, 2017 — 10:14am PST

    Sounds like a fun event!

  91. Sara ChiesaSunday, December 17th, 2017 — 2:56pm PST

    Looks like a great show! Would love to see this! πŸ™‚

  92. Amy CrossSunday, December 17th, 2017 — 4:24pm PST

    My 6 years old loves ballet but we can’t afford to put her in but it would be a blessing to bring her to a show.

  93. mariaSunday, December 17th, 2017 — 7:19pm PST

    I love watching The Nutcracker

  94. Adrea JohnsonSunday, December 17th, 2017 — 11:06pm PST

    Would so love to see this 🀞🏻!!

  95. Kaylee WolframMonday, December 18th, 2017 — 8:57am PST

    Thanks for putting this on! Would be amazing to take the old man. Good luck everyone!

  96. MandyMonday, December 18th, 2017 — 2:41pm PST

    Would love to take my daughter

  97. Claudia AndrewsMonday, December 18th, 2017 — 7:02pm PST

    This would be my dream come true!! It would be my best Christmas present EVER!! Love Nutcracker Ballet and would be SO excited to win tickets. Thanks for the wonderful, marvelous contest. You are totally AWESOME miss604.com!!

  98. AngelaMonday, December 18th, 2017 — 8:34pm PST

    Oh my goodness, I’d love to take my daughter! Crossing my fingers!

  99. Jimmy WongMonday, December 18th, 2017 — 10:55pm PST

    My daughter loves the ballet and this would really make her holidays all the more wonderful.

  100. Sandra PinkMonday, December 18th, 2017 — 11:05pm PST

    The Nutcracker used to be a family tradition… would love to see this wonderful ballet company’s Nutcracker, after a 5 year hiatus.

  101. Francine MorissetteMonday, December 18th, 2017 — 11:05pm PST

    OMG …..the Nutcracker ….live!!

  102. StephanieTuesday, December 19th, 2017 — 10:20pm PST

    Love the ballet!!

  103. Sandra PinkWednesday, December 27th, 2017 — 2:48pm PST

    Needing some culture in the New Year…. a great ballet company would please!!!

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