The Nutcracker is back!
This timeless traditional Holiday ballet is returning to Medicine Hat after a year on hiatus due to the global pandemic. Jeunesse Classique Ballet is bringing their production of the Nutcracker to the Esplanade.
The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara who receives the gift of a Nutcracker doll from her favourite uncle, the mysterious and magical toymaker Herr Drosselmeyer, at a party in her home. As the party winds down and she goes to bed, the Nutcracker doll comes to life to lead the toy soldiers in a great battle with the mice led by the vicious Mouse King. The battle rages on and the Nutcracker is killed by the Mouse King. Clara in turn dispatches the Mouse King with her shoe. Drosselmeyer sees her sorrow and brings the Nutcracker back to life, but this time as a real Prince. The Nutcracker and Clara dance and he whisks her away through the snow to the Magical Kingdom of the sweets where they are entertained by amazing dances from around the world. She awakes back in her house, her beloved Nutcracker returned to a doll. Was it all a dream? You decide.
Jeunesse Classique Ballet has performed the Nutcracker every season in its 34 years. We hold open auditions in our tour cities and partner with local dancers to supplement our touring cast. This year, we are proud to say we have the largest local cast we have ever had! Over 30 Medicine Hat dancers will be performing the bulk of the Corps de Ballet and several soloist roles.
Jeunesse Classique Ballet is a not for profit and charitable arts organization dedicated to the preservation, promotion and presentation of classical ballet. We do this by staging two full length ballet productions drawn the classical repertoire. In our history, we have performed The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Coppelia, Giselle and many others. We are excited to return to Medicine Hat and perform once again on the stage of the beautiful Esplanade.