The Swinging Nutcracker

1 x 60 minute music and dance holiday special

THE SWINGING NUTCRACKER is a magical music and dance television special that updates the classic delights of Tchaikovsky’s timeless ballet The Nutcracker with the exciting rhythms of 1930s and 40s “swing” music. Imagine a succinct and energetic re-telling of a popular tradition; the ageless tale of Marie-Claire and the Nutcracker who steals her heart with the passion of their young love perfectly reflected in the pure joy of swing-land style. The choreography blends the traditional ballet with the vibrant movements of jazz and swing to create a dynamic dance work that will delight young and old alike with an energetic new twist on a well-loved favourite.

THE SWINGING NUTCRACKER features a cast of some of Canada’s top professional dancers, starring the renowned JEFF HYSLOP (Phantom of the Opera, Kiss of the Spider Woman), who plays the romantic and athletic Nutcracker. It’s a timeless classic in a new swing time!

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Jeff Hyslop – Nutcracker
Debbie Timuss – Marie-Claire
Moira Walley – Sarah
Jim Hibbard – Morey the Mouse
Ashley Hale – Annie
Todd Talbot – Sugar Plum Fairy/Tony
Paul Becker – Duke/Guido
Sandi Croft – Hortense/Sergeant
Karen R. Holness – Soldier/Snow Queen
Joshua Allan Cyr – Horace
Malowe Windsor – Menard – Beautiful Woman

Key Creative

• Executive Producers: Dan Carriere, 
 Shel Piercy
• President & CEO: Shel Piercy 
• Producer: Pat O’Brien
• Line Producer: Cynthia Chapman
• Co-Producers: Nancy Cottingham-Powell, 
 Ross Powell
• Story by: Ross Powell
• Writer/Director: Shel Piercy
• Musical Direction and arrangements: 
 Bill Sample
• Choreographer: Lisa Stevens
• Starring: Jeff Hyslop
• Production Designer: Lawrence Collett
• Lighting Designer: Amir Mohammed
• DOP: Rod Parkhurst
• Editor: Scott MacEachern