135 minutes. The Royal Ballet. Digital.
Sun., December 20, 2015
Christmas simply wouldn’t be Christmas without The Royal Ballet’s classic production of The Nutcracker. Loosely based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, it opens with the Christmas festivities of little Clara and her family and progresses through a sequence of dreams and enchantments that take Clara on her magical journey to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of the Sweets. Peter Wright’s enchanting production with its wondrously growing Christmas tree and a rousing battle between the villainous Mouse King and an army of toy soldiers, mines the colour of Tchaikovsky’s score, retaining exquisite surviving fragments of the original Ivanov choreography, including the beautiful pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. (2 hours and 10 minutes including one 30 minute intermission.)
The Royal Opera House is home to two of the world’s great artistic companies – The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet – and since 2006 they have been broadcasting some of the world’s most spectacular and moving opera and ballet performances from Covent Garden London to cinemas around the globe. The 2015/16 Cinema Season is the most ambitious to date with 6 operas and 6 ballets that include new productions, classic revivals, brand new ballets and highly anticipated operatic role debuts.
The Colonial will be screening 3 ballets and 2 operas during the 2015/16 season:
The Nutcracker on Sun, Dec 20 at 5:30PM
Cavalleria Rusticana on Sun, Jan 17 at 4:30PM
La Traviata on Sun, Mar 6 at 4:30PM
Giselle on Sun, May 8 at 4:30PM
Sleeping Beauty on Sun, Jun 12 at 4:30PM
Seniors & Students: $7
Members & Children < 13: $5
Tickets are non-refundable. General admission seating. Tickets available with cash, check or credit card at the Colonial Theatre Box Office or online.