Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement

Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement

November 17, 2008 13:35 ET

The Mouse King Returns: West-End Nutcracker Production Celebrates 23 Years

Audiences will join cast to complete opening scene in beloved Christmas ballet - Tickets on sale now

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 17, 2008) - Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement, a Parkdale-based not-for-profit organization, invites Toronto to be a part of its 23rd annual performance of Nutcracker.

Tickets go on sale today for this interactive take on the classic holiday ballet - as audience members enter the theatre, they actually become part of the opening scene. Performances run from Thursday, December 18 through Sunday, December 21.

A delightful experience for everyone during a special time of the year, proceeds from the production help to sustain the school's high calibre programs and Bursary Fund. This bursary helps young dancers pursue their dreams of dance performance and creation.

"Nutcracker ballet is a long-standing tradition for so many families. For 23 years we've shared this seasonal classic and played a part in Toronto's holiday cheer," says Pia Bouman, artistic director and founder of Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement. "Expectations are high - each year we give our audience a little something different to enjoy in addition to the enchanting story they already know and love."

Using more than 1,000 props and costumes, this staging of Nutcracker takes community theatre to a must-see level of complexity and professionalism. With more than 100 dancers often sharing the stage with siblings, parents and grandparents, a massive effort from both performers and volunteers is undertaken to mount the production, which is newly choreographed each year.

Nutcracker ballet is based on the story "The Nutcracker and the King of Mice" written by E.T.A. Hoffman in 1816 and set to the music of Peter Tchaikovsky. The fairytale ballet tells the adventurous story of a young girl, Clara, and her Nutcracker, a Christmas gift from her uncle. Bouman's Nutcracker has never been the same twice, and this year audiences can expect to see more of the character Fritz, Clara's little brother, as he joins her on the magical journey. Together they bravely battle the Mouse King to break his spell over the Nutcracker.

Nutcracker, presented by Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement:

When: Thursday, December 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 20 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 21 at 1:30 p.m.

Venue: Lismer Hall, Humberside Collegiate Institute, 280 Quebec Avenue

Tickets: $15 - $40 (adult), $10 - $35 (students/children)

Box Office: http://www.piaboumanschool.org or 416-532-8705

About Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement

Founded in 1979, Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement is a Toronto-based not-for-profit organization and registered charity with more than 300 students. Its bursary program supports 30 to 40 students per year through $30,000 to $40,000 worth of class tuition. The school's programs include ballet, creative movement, improvisation, national, hip hop and contemporary dance.

Contact Information

  • For more information or to schedule an interview,
    please contact: Pilot PMR
    Natalie Bomberry
    (416) 462-0199, Ext. 35
    Email: Natalie@pilotpmr.com