Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Home Covid-19 ‘The Nutcracker’ cancels remaining performances in Toronto due to COVID cases

‘The Nutcracker’ cancels remaining performances in Toronto due to COVID cases

It was to be The Nutcracker ballet’s triumphant return to the stage in front of a full audience.

The cherished holiday tradition was cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But less than a week after the Tchaikovsky-scored production took to the stage this holiday season at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, the Province of Ontario announced 50 per cent capacity restrictions for indoor performing arts venues.

Read more:

Ontario reports 3,453 new COVID cases as test positivity reaches almost 10%

Then, on Tuesday, The National Ballet of Canada cancelled remaining shows of The Nutcracker due to breakthrough cases of COVID-19 within the company ranks.

“All our ticketholders have been notified and they will all receive options, including a full refund and keeping their tickets for Nutcracker 2022,” a statement said.

Story continues below advertisement

“We are very disappointed, but the safety of our artists, audiences and staff is our top priority.”

Prior to the cancellation, officials highlighted their COVID precautions.

“For the past 22 months, the National Ballet has been able to remain clear of COVID-19 with the dancers, musicians, staff and crew being fully vaccinated and rigorous testing and strict safety protocols in place. The National Ballet will continue to prioritize the health and safety of its artists, staff and audiences,” said Anastasia Kolotova, officer of communications and media relations at The National Ballet of Canada in a statement to Global News.

The Nutcracker is the bread and butter for North American ballet companies,” said Barry Hughson, executive director of The National Ballet of Canada.

“But even more importantly, it’s a gateway production. It’s an opportunity for families to experience classical ballet … and to be introduced to our art form,” Hughson added.

Read more:

Massey Hall in Toronto reopens after lengthy restoration

The National Ballet of Canada announced in September The Nutcracker would make a comeback in 2021 with some adaptations to ensure the safety of artists and audiences.

These included the mandatory vaccination of all National Ballet of Canada employees and audience members.

Story continues below advertisement

Children in the audience, under 12, had to show proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours or a negative antigen test within 48 hours.

Members of the audience also had to wear a mask at all times.

Click to play video: 'Massey Hall in Toronto reopens after massive renovation and restoration'

Massey Hall in Toronto reopens after massive renovation and restoration

Massey Hall in Toronto reopens after massive renovation and restoration – Nov 25, 2021

Stacy Dimitropoulos is the wardrobe supervisor for the National Ballet of Canada.

“There are well over 200 costumes in Nutcracker,” said Dimitropoulos.

But many of the costumes weren’t to be worn by the usual cast of local children as extra dancers who take to the stage as a group of little lambs or scurrying mice. In addition, no celebrity guests performed the role of the cannon dolls.

Despite all of this year’s pivoting pirouettes, the company was still impacted by COVID and has cancelled shows for the second straight year.


© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Most Popular

COP15: Real work on hard targets gets underway at UN biodiversity conference

Representatives from nearly 200 countries are to begin the real work Wednesday at a crucial meeting on global biodiversity – hard talks on hard...

Ontario promised to overhaul abortion care – but clinics say they’ve been left out

2:59 Ontario excludes clinics in plan to change abortion care funding, workers say This is the second part of a series on...

Bank of Canada expected to announce 7th interest rate hike this year

The Bank of Canada is expected to raise its key interest rate Wednesday, making it the seventh consecutive time it does so this year. The...

Call of the Wilde: Montreal Canadiens take down the Seattle Kraken

Tuesday night marked the final match of a four-game road trip for the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs made their last stop in Seattle, where...