FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northern Dance Theatre Society, Studio 2 Stage, and Stage North Theatre Society are bringing The Nutcracker Ballet to the North Peace Cultural Centre in December.

The presentation is choreographed by Studio 2 Stage’s Shauna Milne and has a cast of over 50 community members, including Moose FM’s own Dub Craig.

The NPCC event page describes The Nutcracker as “a timeless Christmas tale of a young girl who, after a party at her home, is spirited away by her magical godfather and finds herself in a fantastic world where toys become larger than life. Her beloved Nutcracker comes to life and defends her from the Mouse King. Together they embark on a magical journey through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets where they are greeted by the enchanting Sugar Plum Fairy and other dancing wonders.”

The Nutcracker was initially set to take place last year, however, with the COVID-19 pandemic, it was pushed back. The ballet is an annual event that has been happening in the community for a few years when it was discovered that the city needed a Christmas-themed event.

“I felt like the community needed a Christmas-themed event to go to, I kept hearing ‘there’s not enough for us to do in Fort St. John’ you know, and I felt we needed an event, and I wanted it to be a community one,” says Shauna Milne.

There will be six showings of the ballet, including a condensed version for kids, that will take place at the NPCC on December 16th, 18th, and 19th.

Tickets are available on the NPCC website, the box office, and by calling 250-751-1992.

Showings will be at a reduced capacity due to the ongoing pandemic.