‘Nutcracker’ a hit with Cowichan audiences

Clara celebrates the gift of the Nutcracker with a dance during the Royal City Youth Ballet’s performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Dec. 7. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)Clara celebrates the gift of the Nutcracker with a dance during the Royal City Youth Ballet’s performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Dec. 7. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
Clara celebrates the gift of the Nutcracker with a dance during the Royal City Youth Ballet’s performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Dec. 7. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)Clara celebrates the gift of the Nutcracker with a dance during the Royal City Youth Ballet’s performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Dec. 7. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
A marionette doll comes to life and dances in the Royal City Youth Ballet’s performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Dec. 7. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)A marionette doll comes to life and dances in the Royal City Youth Ballet’s performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Dec. 7. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
Snowflakes dance for Clara in the Land of Snow in the Royal City Youth Ballet’s performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Dec. 7. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)Snowflakes dance for Clara in the Land of Snow in the Royal City Youth Ballet’s performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Dec. 7. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
Snowflakes dance for Clara in the Land of Snow in the Royal City Youth Ballet’s performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Dec. 7. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)Snowflakes dance for Clara in the Land of Snow in the Royal City Youth Ballet’s performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Dec. 7. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
Snowflakes dance for Clara in the Land of Snow in the Royal City Youth Ballet’s performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Dec. 7. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)Snowflakes dance for Clara in the Land of Snow in the Royal City Youth Ballet’s performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Dec. 7. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
The Snow Queen and the Snow Prince dance in the Land of Snow in the Royal City Youth Ballet’s performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Dec. 7. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)The Snow Queen and the Snow Prince dance in the Land of Snow in the Royal City Youth Ballet’s performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Dec. 7. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
A marionette doll comes to life and dances in the Royal City Youth Ballet’s performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Dec. 7. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)A marionette doll comes to life and dances in the Royal City Youth Ballet’s performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Dec. 7. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
A harelequin leaps from the stage in a dance in the Royal City Youth Ballet’s performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Dec. 7. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)A harelequin leaps from the stage in a dance in the Royal City Youth Ballet’s performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Dec. 7. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
The mice prepare to fight a battle with the soldiers in the Royal City Youth Ballet’s performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Dec. 7. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)The mice prepare to fight a battle with the soldiers in the Royal City Youth Ballet’s performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Dec. 7. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
Clara’s parents throw a lively Christmas party in the Royal City Youth Ballet’s performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Dec. 7. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)Clara’s parents throw a lively Christmas party in the Royal City Youth Ballet’s performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Dec. 7. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
Clara’s parents throw a lively Christmas party in the Royal City Youth Ballet’s performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Dec. 7. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)Clara’s parents throw a lively Christmas party in the Royal City Youth Ballet’s performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Dec. 7. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
The Snow Queen and the Snow Prince dance in the Land of Snow in the Royal City Youth Ballet’s performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Dec. 7. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)The Snow Queen and the Snow Prince dance in the Land of Snow in the Royal City Youth Ballet’s performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Dec. 7. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
The Snow Queen and the Snow Prince dance in the Land of Snow in the Royal City Youth Ballet’s performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Dec. 7. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)The Snow Queen and the Snow Prince dance in the Land of Snow in the Royal City Youth Ballet’s performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Dec. 7. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
The Snow Queen and the Snow Prince dance in the Land of Snow in the Royal City Youth Ballet’s performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Dec. 7. For more from the show, see page 27. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)The Snow Queen and the Snow Prince dance in the Land of Snow in the Royal City Youth Ballet’s performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Dec. 7. For more from the show, see page 27. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
Uncle Drosselmeyer arrives to the delight of the children in the Royal City Youth Ballet’s performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Dec. 7. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)Uncle Drosselmeyer arrives to the delight of the children in the Royal City Youth Ballet’s performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Dec. 7. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)

A big crowd was entranced Saturday, Dec. 7 when the Royal City Youth Ballet brought Christmas favourite The Nutcracker to the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre.

Through two shows, audiences enjoyed the colourful, bright costumes the beautiful dancing, and the story of young Clara who dreams of distant, magical exotic lands on Christmas Eve. The production didn’t disappoint, as young dancers strutted their stuff in this holiday classic.