Nutcracker Ballet - Medicine Hat (AB)

Performances
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Canalta Centre
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 7:00 pm
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The Gift of Christmas Tour Comes to Medicine Hat Thursday, November 14

This Christmas give your family the gift of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at the Canalta Centre in Medicine Hat! Step into a simpler time filled with sweet dreams and Christmas magic as you and your loved ones journey with Masha and her Nutcracker Prince through the Snow Forest. With world-class artists, over 200 dazzling costumes, stunning sets, towering puppets and soaring birds, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is the family tradition perfect for all ages! Celebrate this cherished Holiday experience set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score and create memories that will last a lifetime. Get tickets in Medicine Hat for family and friends today!

Musical Wunderkind in Medicine Hat: Cellist Bree Clark and Medicine Hat College Girls' Choir

Bree Clark, 16, began playing cello at 5 years old under the tutelage of Christine Bootland. She has participated in the Medicine Hat College Strings Academy for the past four years and among other awards she has twice won the Medicine Hat Symphonic Society’s Concerto competition and the opportunity to play solo with the Medicine Hat Symphony Orchestra. She has toured China with the Medicine Hat Academy Chamber Orchestra and was thrilled to play in several of the world’s most renowned concert halls. Bree is honored to be one of the youngest musicians to play with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra. In addition to the cello, Bree is an avid classical vocalist and has toured South Africa and Europe with the Medicine Hat College Girls’ Choir. When she isn’t playing or singing, Bree can be found reading or playing board games with family and friends.

The Medicine Hat College Girls’ Choir is an auditioned choir of girls aged twelve to eighteen years. The vision of the choir is to provide teenage girls with the experience of achieving excellence in choral singing and to encourage a lifelong love of choral music. The choir was founded in 1982 by Carol Anderson and is now under the guidance of its current director, Katie-Anne Nemeth. Through their involvement with the choir, girls are given the opportunity to sing a challenging and varied repertoire of music from many countries and styles. The choir maintains a very busy schedule of rehearsals, performances, workshops and tours. Although tours provide special opportunities for the choir to perform, the choir believes that it is a pleasure and privilege to sing in the local community and appear regularly at local churches and varied community events in addition to annual Christmas and Spring Concerts. Tour highlights include a tour of France and attendance at the Europa Cantat International Choral festival in Utrecht, The Netherlands (2009); Alberta representative at Canada’s choral celebration of Canada Day, Unisong (2010); a tour to Cuba to participate in the Canada-Cuba Choral Music Festival (2011); participant at the Aberdeen International Youth Festival in Scotland (2013); Grand Prize winner of the Ihlombe South Africa Choir Competition and Festival (2016) and attendance at the Europa Cantat International Choral Festival in Tallinn, Estonia (2018).  

About the Canalta Centre

Welcome to the home of Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker in Medicine Hat! The Canalta Centre is Medicine Hat’s premiere entertainment venue and home to the Medicine Hat Tigers. Located in the growing area of Box Springs Business Park, this state-of-the-art facility has seating for 7,000 people featuring 350 club seats, 22 suites, eight loge boxes, two community suites for public rental, and a lounge. The Canalta Centre team is dedicated to creating unique experiences that turn into memories and first-time visitors into loyal supporters. The event centre is proudly owned by the City of Medicine Hat and managed by SMG Canada.

Medicine Hat Ballet Partnership: Medicine Hat School of Performing Arts

Nutcracker wouldn’t be Nutcracker without the local Children’s cast! Dancing along side the full professional Russian cast are local Medicine Hat children from Medicine Hat School of Performing Arts. Medicine Hat School of Performing Arts’ (MHSPA) goal is to provide quality instruction in a positive environment. They believe it is important to develop the creative imaginations of our students, while maintaining a balance between discipline and fun. MHSPA offers classes at both competitive and recreational levels in the disciplines of Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Modern/Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Lyrical and Hip Hop. Since the studio opened in 2008, the students and teachers have accomplished award-winning successes. Some of these include, scholarships, 1st/2nd/3rd place standings, best choreography, most promising and adjudicators choice awards.