You don’t always need years of intensive training to take to the stage of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
This month, several celebrity guests will make cameo roles in various performances of RWB’s Nutcracker. The classic holiday favourite will be returning to the Centennial Concert Hall (555 Main St.) from Thurs., Dec. 19 to Sun., Dec 29.
The show will feature Tchaikovsky’s traditional holiday score, performed by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and is choreographed by Galina Yordanova and Nina Menon.
This year’s list of celebrity performers with a local connection include St. Boniface MP Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages and Manitoba’s senior MP; Tim Hague Sr., winner of The Amazing Race Canada, who is an RN at St. Boniface Hospital; and Winter Olympics-bound Winnipeg curling legend Jennifer Jones, who attended General Vanier School in Windsor Park.
Glover is scheduled for the opening night performance on Thurs., Dec. 19 (7 p.m.), Hague Sr. is slated for a weekend appearance on Sat., Dec. 21 (7 p.m.), and Jones will trade her curling broom for ballet shoes on Fri., Dec 27 (7 p.m.).
Other celebrity appearances will include mother-and-son duo Jane and Ace Burpee (Sun., Dec. 22 at 2 p.m.) and local restaurateur and former Blue Bomber Obby Khan (Sun., Dec. 29 at 2 p.m.).
In a news release, organizers say that within the RWB Company, rising star Elizabeth Lamont will appear in the role of the show’s leading character, Clara, which will be shared with second soloist Yayoi Ban and principal dancer Amanda Green.
Clara’s leading male counterpart, the Nutcracker Prince, will be performed by two of the newest talents at RWB, former Boston Ballet star and RWB soloist Artjom Maksakov and National Ballet of China’s former principal dancer and RWB guest artist Liang Xing.
Season subscriptions and single tickets are available online at www.rwb.org, in person at the RWB’s customer service office (380 Graham Ave.), or by calling 204-956-2792. Group discounts are also available for parties of 10 or more.