Winnipeg celebrities join Nutcracker cast

Winnipeg celebrities join Nutcracker cast

Winnipeg, MB – (November 26, 2014) Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet excitedly welcomes 15 special guests to Nutcracker’s cast, December 20-28 at the Centennial Concert Hall. Following a costume fitting and rehearsal in mid-December, walk on roles grace the stage alongside dancers of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School.

To mark RWB’s 75th Anniversary season, every Winnipeg performance includes the familiar faces of well-known Winnipeggers. New Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman joins Nutcracker’s walk on cast as does The Honourable Shelly Glover (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages). Salteaux Canadian actor Adam Beach recognized for his appearances in over 60 films and television programs also makes his Nutcracker debut.

Musical talent joining the walk on cast includes Big Band leader, composer and arranger Ron Paley, and musicians Maria Aragon and Sierra Noble. Beloved personalities of Winnipeg’s media will also make Nutcracker cameos including Ismaila Alfa (CBC Radio One), Beau (99.9 BOB FM), Colleen Bready (CTV News), Ron Cantiveros (Filipino Journal), Gord LeClerc (CTV News), Heather Prosak (99.9 BOB FM), Doug Speirs (Winnipeg Free Press), Chrissy Troy (Virgin 103.1) and Daria Zmiyiwsky (Winnipeg Sun).

Nutcracker has become a holiday tradition in Winnipeg during its run of over 40 years now,” said Jan Belanger, Vice President of Community Relations, Great-West Life. “Many members of our community have joined the RWB — both on and off the stage — to experience the wonder of the show and the sentiment it brings. We are proud to support this fixture of Winnipeg’s arts community.”

See below for a full list of walk on role cast dates and times.

Chrissy Troy, Virgin Radio 103.1 FM December 20 2pm
Ismaila Alfa, CBC Radio One December 20 7pm
Doug Speirs, Winnipeg Free Press December 21 2pm
Gord LeClerc, CTV December 21 2pm
Colleen Bready, CTV December 21 2pm
Sierra Noble, Musician + Vocalist December 22 7pm
Beau, 99.9 BOB FM December 23 7pm
Heather Prosak, 99.9 BOB FM December 23 7pm
The Honourable Shelly Glover,
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
December 23 7pm
Adam Beach, Actor December 27 2pm
Daria Zmiyiwsky, Winnipeg Sun December 27 2pm
Ron Cantiveros, Filipino Journal December 27 7pm
Maria Aragon, Musician + Vocalist December 27 7pm
Mayor Brian Bowman December 28 2pm
Ron Paley, Ron Paley Big Band December 28 2pm

Calendar Listing
What: Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents Nutcracker
Location: Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Date: Saturday, December 20 to Sunday, December 28, 2014
Time: 7:00pm December 20, 22, 23, 27; matinees at 2:00pm on December 20, 21, 27, 28
Tickets for Nutcracker start as low as $29.00 for adults and $25.00 for children plus taxes and fees and can be purchased online at, in person through the RWB Customer Service Office
at 380 Graham Avenue or by calling 204-956-2792 or toll free 1-800-667-4792. Groups of ten or more should contact the RWB Customer Service Office for more information on group discounts.

About Nutcracker
Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s acclaimed production of Nutcracker is a sheer delight, and features endearing Canadian moments such as a snowy pond hockey game and a scene on Parliament Hill. This year’s production will be even more heart-warming with the addition of twelve white furry friends! Danced to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, Nutcracker featuring the dancers of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and performed by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra will take you on a wondrous adventure this holiday season. The Royal Winnipeg Ballet would like express their gratitude to Great-West Life (Premier Sponsor), National Leasing (Performance Sponsor) and Perth’s (Partner Sponsor) for their generous support of RWB’s Nutcracker.

About Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet (
Founded in 1939, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet holds the double distinction of being Canada’s premier ballet company and one of the oldest ballet companies in North America. Versatility, technical excellence and a captivating style are the trademarks of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, qualities that have garnered both critical and audience acclaim. RWB’s superlative standards keep the Company in demand around the globe as it presents more than 150 performances every season across Canada and in the United States, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, Japan, Asia and Mexico. Under the artistic direction of André Lewis for 17 years, the Company is said to have never looked more resplendent, more assured, and more ravishing.

About Great-West Life
Great-West Life is a leading insurer in Canada, offering a broad portfolio of financial security and benefit plan solutions for individuals, families, businesses and organizations. Together with its subsidiaries, London Life and Canada Life, Great-West serves the financial security needs of more than 12 million people across Canada. Responsible and ethical management is an intrinsic value of the companies and is essential to long-term profitability and value creation. As an Imagine Caring Company supporting the principles of corporate citizenship and benchmarks for community investment established by Imagine Canada, the organization donates a minimum of one per cent of average pre-tax profits to non-profit, charitable and community organizations each year.

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For further media information, please contact
Jane Puchniak I RWB Public Relations Coordinator
T. 204.957.3456 I C. 204.223.4010