Ticket sales for the eighth annual presentation of Coasting Along Theatre Society (CATS)’s The Nutcracker will begin on Saturday, Nov. 16. The Nutcracker box office will be located at Sunshine Coast Credit Union, Sechelt branch. The box office hours are Monday to Friday, noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Or call 604-989-6050 to place your order over the phone, and tickets will be sent in the mail.
The Nutcracker, “a lavish production,” will once again be presented at the Raven’s Cry Theatre in Sechelt with six performances: Opening Night Saturday, Dec. 14, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 15, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 16, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Tuesday, Dec. 17, the final show, at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $29 for adults, $19 for children 10 and under, with a senior matinée special of $25 for the Monday and Tuesday 2 p.m. performances.
More dancers auditioned this year than ever before and there is so much talent on the Coast. Natalie Martin will reprise her role as Clara. She performed the role beautifully, and this year has enjoyed getting to know the character of Clara even more and enjoys bringing out new nuances. The choreography has also changed to give her more of a challenge. There is a cast of 85 talented local and guest dancers, actors, and acrobats – even a tap-dancing doll!
To inspire the dancers and thrill the audiences, there is a grand roster of guest artists who love coming to the Coast to perform, including Graham McMonagle returning as Drosselemeyr and Royal Winnipeg ballet soloists Chenxin Liu and Yui Shi. These young dancers are the rising stars of ballet, winning competitions and thrilling audiences with their performances.
With the combined talent of local performers and visiting artists, enhanced costumes and a few surprises, CATS looks forward to presenting another magnificent season of The Nutcracker Ballet. For more information, see www.CoastingAlongTheatre.org