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Several celebrities with southeast Winnipeg connections will be taking to the stage with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet during the holiday season.
Among them is David Landreth, who hails from St. Boniface and is the co-founder of the Juno award-winning Bros. Landreth., who is scheduled for a walk-on, cameo role in RWB’s Nutcracker. The classic holiday favourite will be returning to the Centennial Concert Hall (555 Main St.) from Thurs., Dec 21 to Sat., Dec. 30. Landreth will appear during the final performance of this year’s run on Dec. 30 at 1 p.m.
In a news release, the roots-rocker said, "Nutcracker is a holiday staple and one that really anchors the festive season for my family. It feels tremendously special to be involved in one of this year’s shows."
An annual festive tradition with Winnipeg audiences since 1999, organizers say the production features beautiful and intricate costumes, set designs reminiscent of Winnipeg at the turn of the century, and lighting that illuminates the stage with magical winter wonderland effects.
"Nutcracker highlights our season of storytelling with the enchanting tale Clara and the Nutcracker Prince," said André Lewis, RWB’s artistic director in the same news release, noting that Nutcracker is the company’s largest production. "It’s sure to bring out the child in all of us."
Because of the size of the production, two casts perform Nutcracker during its run, with more than 30 dance students from the RWB School joining the company dancers on stage during each performance, organizers say.
As of Dec. 13, 17 walk-on performers had also been scheduled to take part. As well as Landreth, among those slated to take to the stage in a cameo role are Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage and River East MLA Cathy Cox on Dec. 21 at 7 p.m.; TSN reporter Sara Orlesky on Dec. 22 at 7 p.m.; St. John’s MLA Nahanni Fontaine on Dec. 23 at 7 p.m.; and Winnipeg Jets Dmitry Kulikov and Adam Lowry, as well as Coun. Devi Sharma (Old Kildonan), on Dec. 28 at 7 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased online at rwb.org, by calling 204-956-2792 or 1-800-667-4792 (toll free), or by visiting the RWB’s customer service office at 380 Graham Ave. Group discounts are also available for parties of 10 or more.