Nia Vardalos Among Celebs to Take the Stage for RWB's Nutcracker

One of Winnipeg’s favourite wintertime traditions is returning with a tradition of its own this December.

Every year, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet invites local celebrities to join the RWB Company and School dancers onstage in Nutcracker walk-on roles. This year, the list of special guests is headlined by Winnipeg-born actress Nia Vardalos (Dec. 26), best known for her breakthrough role in My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

“As a Winnipegger, I truly appreciate and admire our Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Being a part of the Nutcracker is a special milestone for me because years ago my theater school teacher told me I was the worst student in her ballet class. I was and it’s my fault because I mostly spent my time doing comedy bits at the barre. I plan to make up for my lack of skill now by bending my size ten feet into ballet slippers and being en pointe by Dec. 26.” – Nia Vardalos

Other celebs for this year’s edition of Nutcracker, which runs from Dec. 19-29, include Winnipeg Blue Bomber Thomas Miles, Pride Winnipeg president Muhammad Ashan and Team Canada hockey player Bailey Bram. The Winnipeg Jets will also be represented, with yet-to-be-announced players who will follow in the footsteps of past performers including Mark Scheifele, Jacob Trouba, Adam Lowry, and Dmitry Kulikov.

As always, the classic Christmastime ballet will be danced to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, as performed by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets start at $30 for adults and $25 for children (plus taxes and fees). For a full list of guests, showtimes, and more, visit the Royal Winnipeg Ballet online.

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