December 4 - 2:00PM
FirstOntario Concert Hall

The Nutcracker

A Canadian Tradition

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  • Ticket holders aged 12 and older will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated (two doses at least 14 days prior to the event) against the COVID-19 virus before entering the venue. Patrons 11 years of age and under need to be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult.
    • Current methods of acceptable “proof” are 1) a physical copy of the Ontario Ministry of Health vaccination receipt indicating the individual has received 2 doses of acceptable vaccines, or 2) an Electronic copy of the Ontario Ministry of Health vaccination receipt indicating the individual has received 2 doses of acceptable vaccines. A government-issued photo ID is also required.
       
  • Patrons with valid medical restrictions and a medical note will be required to take a COVID-19 test from a healthcare provider within 48 hours prior to the event and provide proof of negative results prior to entering the venue. For details on what you must show to show you have a valid medical exemption please CLICK HERE and refer to page 6, Section H.
     
  • Face masks will be required except for brief times when eating or drinking within your assigned seats.
     
  • Once doors are open to the public, no spectator will be allowed to exit and re-enter the venue. The only exception will be for the designated smoking exit.
  • For more information on proof of vaccination requirements for the City of Hamilton visit: https://www.hamilton.ca/coronavirus/proof-vaccination.

*The above policy is subject to change. Should the policy change, we will contact all ticket purchasers. 


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Presented by Ballet Jorgen

Holiday magic is made year after year by Ballet Jörgen’s traditional treasure The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition. Created by acclaimed choreographer and Artistic Director Bengt Jörgen to Tchaikovsky’s well-loved score, this delightful classic is a favourite that brings magic to the holidays.

Born from a collaboration with Kleinburg’s world renowned McMichael Canadian Art Collection, and with well over 100 costumes in richly coloured fabrics, The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition brings out the magic of Canada. 20th Century landscapes make up the stunning 30-foot backdrops, including Franklin Carmichael’s Church and Houses at Bisset (1931), Tom Thompson’s Snow in the Woods (1916), and L.L. Fitzgerald’s Trees and Wildflowers (1922). This is a beautiful Canadian work, and audiences are taken on Klara’s familiar, magical dream journey as she arrives in Canada and experiences winter landscapes filled with snowflakes, lumberjacks, Mounties, and creatures of the woods.

This celebration of the wonder of the season is based on the popular traditional story The Nutcracker and the King of Mice by E.T.A. Hoffman, enjoyed by audiences for years. The ballet’s second act is remembered for its celebration of varied dances, and our charming divertissements of raccoons, loons, dragonflies, and bears demonstrate Klara’s longing for the summer months as she travels excitedly through her dreams. The iconic, show-stopping pas-de-deux in the final act is lovingly danced by Lord and Lady Birch as they usher Klara safely home at the end of the adventure.

Ballet Jörgen’s Nutcracker is destined to become a national treasure that will warm the hearts of young and old alike. It is a holiday tradition that has showcased the magic of the season for years. Rediscover the joy of dance with the show that audiences flock back to again and again.