FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After being delayed a year due to COVID-19, The Nutcracker opens Thursday night at the North Peace Cultural Centre.

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

“It’s pretty exciting for us. We’ve been waiting to perform for quite a while. So we are so happy to be back in theatre with live stuff going on,” Milne remarked.

Milne says of the five years she’s run the show that she feels this year’s show may be the best.

“I actually think this is one of our strongest shows. Most [of the dancers] have all performed in previous shows before,” Milne said.

Milne says this year’s presentation contains several new roles and dances.

The show features dancers from Fort St. John and Dawson Creek.

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.