December 10, 2010… Toronto Argonauts Adriano Belli, Andre Durie, Jeff Johnson and Taylor Robertson make their debut with The National Ballet of Canada in The Nutcracker in a special cameo appearance as Cannon Dolls.
Also making their debuts with the National Ballet in The Nutcracker this season are Flashpoint star Enrico Colantoni, stars of Degrassi Charlotte Arnold and Raymond Ablack, Ron James of The Ron James Show, CBC Radio Hosts Matt Galloway, Bob McDonald and Scott Regehr, HGTV Hosts Sarah Richardson and Tommy Smythe, Food Network Host Anna Olson, Soulpepper Theatre Company’s Albert Schultz, Minister of Health Promotion and Sport, The Honourable Margarett Best and Toronto City Councillors Michael Thompson and Adam Vaughan.
Celebrity walk-on roles are a long-held tradition with Nutcrackers all over the world. In the National Ballet’s production, the Cannon Doll guest roles are colourfully costumed as Russian Petrouchka dolls in Act I who shoot a cannon into the audience to begin the battle scene.
The Nutcracker is onstage at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts from December 11, 2010 to January 2, 2011.
This Season’s Cannon Dolls:
December 10 at 7:00 pm Global TV Weather Anchor Susan Hay
December 11 at 2:00 pm Toronto Argonauts Adriano Belli and Andre Durie
December 11 at 7:00 pm Andy, Host of CRUNCH, and Carlos, Host of THE ZONE on YTV
December 12 at 1:00 pm Host of HGTV’s Design Inc., Sarah’s Cottage and Sarah’s Home Sarah Richardson and Tommy Smythe
December 12 at 5:30 pm Host of CBC Radio’s Metro Morning Matt Galloway and CBC’s National Sports Host Scott Regehr
December 15 at 7:00 pm CBC News: Morning Anchor Heather Hiscox and News Reporter Michael Serapio
December 16 at 7:00 pm Star of The Ron James Show Ron James and Comedian Naomi Snieckus
December 17 at 7:00 pm Host of CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks Bob McDonald
December 18 at 2:00 pm CTV News Anchor/Reporter Andria Case and Weather Anchor Tom Brown
December 18 at 7:00 pm CTV News Toronto Reporter Natalie Johnson
December 19 at 1:00 pm Host of Discovery Channel’s Cash Cab Adam Growe
December 19 at 5:30 pm Host of Food Network Canada’s Fresh Anna Olson
December 21 at 1:00 pm Toronto City Councillor Michael Thompson
December 21 at 5:30 pm Star of Flashpoint Enrico Colantoni
December 22 at 7:00 pm Soulpepper Artistic Director Albert Schultz and Executive Director Leslie Lester
December 23 at 1:00 pm Toronto Argonauts Jeff Johnson and Taylor Robertson December 23 at 5:30 pm MTV Live Hosts Nicole Holness and Sheena Snively
December 24 at 1:00 pm Co-host on W Network’s Burn My Mortgage Chad Bisch
December 28 at 1:00 pm Jazz FM Host Jaymz Bee and Comedian Mary Berg
December 28 at 5:30 pm Stars of Degrassi Charlotte Arnold and Raymond Ablack
December 29 at 5:30 pm Jazz FM Host Laura Fernandez and Jazz Vocalist Barbra Lica
December 30 at 1:00 pm Toronto City Councillor Adam Vaughan
December 30 at 5:30 pm Minister of Health Promotion and Sport, The Honourable Margarett Best
January 2 at 5:30 pm Canadian Living Editor Susan Antonacci
The Nutcracker choreography and libretto are by James Kudelka, music is by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, set and costume design are by Santo Loquasto and lighting design is by Jennifer Tipton.
Nutcracker Story Time will continue this year, beginning 45 minutes prior to every performance. This engaging, interactive telling of The Nutcracker will take place in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.
Saturday, December 11 at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 12 at 1:00 pm & 5:30 pm
Wednesday, December 15 at 7:00 pm
Thursday, December 16 at 7:00 pm
Friday, December 17 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 18 at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 19 at 1:00 pm & 5:30 pm
Tuesday, December 21 at 1:00 pm & 5:30 pm
Wednesday, December 22 at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Thursday, December 23 at 1:00 pm & 5:30 pm
Friday, December 24 at 1:00 pm
Tuesday, December 28 at 1:00 pm & 5:30 pm
Wednesday, December 29 at 1:00 pm & 5:30 pm
Thursday, December 30 at 1:00 pm & 5:30 pm
Sunday, January 2 at 1:00 pm & 5:30 pm
Prices range from $35.34 to $130.26 (HST included).
The 2010/11 season is presented by CTV and The Globe and Mail.
TD Bank Financial Group presents The Nutcracker and Nutcracker Story Time.
The Nutcracker is made possible by generous financial support from production underwriters Sandra & Jim Pitblado, Lawrence & Ann Heisey and an anonymous friend of the National Ballet.
Performance Sponsors: Fingerprint Communications (December 11 at 7:00 pm), KPMG (December 12 at 1:00 pm), CTV and The Globe & Mail, (December 12 at 5:30 pm), Hilton Toronto (December 16), RBC (December 18 at 2:00 pm), Air Canada (December 18 at 7:00 pm), CTV and The Globe & Mail (December 19)
The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Ontario Arts Council; the City of Toronto through the Economic Development & Culture Department; the Government of Canada through the Honourable James Moore, Minister, the Department of Canadian Heritage; the Government of Ontario; the Ontario Arts Foundation; the Ontario Trillium Foundation.