Ulrik Birkkjaer and Gudrun Bojesen as the prince and Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker.

Ridge dancers in Goh’s Nutcracker

Jobling sisters play soldiers in the holiday staple

Two Maple Ridge ballerinas will join 200 performers in Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker, which opens in Vancouver this weekend.

Elizabeth and Emily Jobling will both play toy soldiers, but also have second parts.

Elizabeth, performing in the ballet for a second year in a row, plays a small angel, while her sister Emily will transform into a little lamb.

Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker is well known for having the largest Nutcracker cast in the city, as well as for showcasing the choreography of Emmy award-winning dance luminary Anna-Marie Holmes.

More than 200 local performers will be joined onstage by the Royal Danish Ballet’s sensational Principal Dancers, Ulrik Birkkjaer and Gudrun Bojesen, who will be making their Vancouver debuts in the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier Prince. As well, the production boasts an international cast, including members from Brazil, Australia and Japan.

Musicians of the prestigious Vancouver Opera Orchestra will provide live musical accompaniment to Tchaikovsky’s timeless and captivating classical score.

The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara, who receives a Nutcracker doll from her uncle, Dr. Drosselmeyer. Later that night, the young girl dreams that her nutcracker doll comes to life and leads an army of toy soldiers into battle against the evil Mouse King. After the Mouse King is defeated, Clara and the Nutcracker Prince journey through the beautiful Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets, witnessing a world of breathtaking magic along the way. When Clara awakens, she wonders if her magical journey was all but a dream.

• The Nutcracker plays The Centre in Vancouver Dec. 14 to Dec. 22. Tickets at www.ticketmaster.ca, by calling 1-855-985-2787 or visiting www.gohnutcracker.com.

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