The Nutcracker is always a beloved Christmas favourite, and Shumka is back on stage with its twist on the tale.
Shumka's Nutcracker is a luxurious Christmas performance and a true Edmonton production, created and performed by local artists. Featuring ballet, folk dance, and character dance, Shumka's Nutcracker is a celebration of Tchaikovsky's beloved Christmas classic. Shumka's Nutcracker blends the grace and lyrical nature of classical movement with the strength and power of Ukrainian character dance, sure to entertain audiences of all ages.Along with Shumka company members, the production features dancers from the Kyiv Ballet, a choir of local vocalists, and young dancers from the Shumka School. Music arrangements are by Yuri Shevchenko of Ukraine, choreography by Viktor Lytvynov of the Kyiv Ballet and John Pichlyk, under the direction of Shumka's Senior Creative Director, Les Sereda. Costumes are by Maria Levitska of the National Opera of Ukraine and lighting by Edmonton's Jeff Osterlin.
Shumka's Nutcracker runs Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. Tickets start at $25.