Nutcracker a memorable event to cherish

Bravo! to the Canadian School of Ballet and guest artists from Ballet Kelowna for their recent production of the Nutcracker.

To the editor:

The holiday season has passed, but sweet childhood memories in the making deserve to be recognized and excellent performances applauded.

Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! to the Canadian School of Ballet and guest artists from Ballet Kelowna for their recent production of the Nutcracker in the Kelowna Community Theatre.

I was lucky enough to get seats for the show and attended with my mother-in-law. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at the ballet.

It was gratifying to see the theatre almost full with an audience of all ages, from grandparents to little children dressed in their party finery. The atmosphere was one of simmering excitement and expectation.

The stage was an explosion of colour with amazing outfits adding to the ambiance of the traditional Nutcracker. The costumes worn throughout the show must have taken a lot of very tender loving care to produce and “build” and it certainly showed.

A highlight, not only for the children in the audience but I hear also for those on stage, was Madame Gigogne (Val Bardot). Her enormous, vibrant, costume hid a multitude of small children who poured from underneath the voluminous skirt and performed a delightful dance.

I am not a ballet critic, but I thought that the calibre of the principal dancers was outstanding. Ballet Kelowna and Canadian School of Ballet were, to my mind, as good as any of the corps you will find in our provincial capitals.

The stage management was faultless and the show moved smoothly from one scene to another. The gorgeous music of Tchaikovsky swelled in the theatre adding magic to the beautiful scenes unfolding on the stage.

There were so many, many highlights and the standing ovation at the end of the performance was fully deserved by all who helped to produce this wonderful show.

Congratulations and thanks especially to the individuals and companies who underwrote the expenses of the Nutcracker. We had a most delightful evening and my family and I will certainly attend The Nutcracker next Christmas.”

Barry Yeats,

West Kelowna