There is a magic in the air this time of year with Christmas around the corner. As families and friends savour quality time together we would like to suggest attending a theatrical performance as an enriching activity to enjoy with your loved ones.
Performing arts is a wonderful source of intellectual learning and inspiration that shouldn’t be forgotten. Whether it be in the form of drama, ballet or music. It is wonderful to watch familiar, old favourite performances or branch out to discover something new.
For many people going to the theatre can become a yearly tradition such as the Nutcracker at Christmas time. Watching live performances is a chance to escape into another world of joy and wonderment. Performing arts brings people together to share in a special moment. With live theatre it often feels more real as the audience shares the same experience with the performers. It is wonderful to introduce young ones to live performances which can be very interactive.
There is such an abundance of amazing cultural opportunities to enjoy on Vancouver Island with very talented performers to support, nurture and encourage. We have compiled a list of a variety of performing arts events on Vancouver Island over the next two months. So take the time to attend and create your own family tradition with these wonderful events.
Moscow Ballet Presents SWAN LAKE
Monday November 12th @ 7:30pm
The Royal Theatre
40 star-studded dancers perform Olympic-worthy leaps in Moscow Ballet’s lavish Swan Lake. “Brimful with feeling” says the New York Times. Moscow Ballet’s traditional telling of the tragic Swan Lake story includes award-winning dancers, lavish costumes. Celebrate Russian ballet and the beauty of the world renowned dancers in Moscow Ballet’s Swan Lake.
Find out more here.
Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s NUTCRACKER
Tuesday Dec. 4th & Wednesday Dec. 5th @ 7:30pm
The Port Theatre
Rediscover the magic of your childhood with Nutcracker. As the clock strikes midnight the adventure of a lifetime begins. Before the final curtain falls, Clara will battle the evil Mouse King, fall in love with her dashing Nutcracker prince and find herself on a story-book journey that will take her into the heart of a timeless fairy tale. The breathtaking production features a cast of characters of all ages. As much a part of the holiday season as pond hockey and mistletoe, Nutcracker is a Christmas tradition for all ages.
Saturday, December 8th 3:30 pm
The Port Theatre
The musicians, in rich medieval attire, perform on a stage set with magnificent backdrops of cathedral and snow that will whisk you to a land of pure magic.
One of our most beloved holiday concerts , Winter Harp, takes you on a magical journey you will never forget. And this year being Winter Harp’s 25th anniversary, you’ll be treated to some of the ensemble’s most popular carols from the past quarter century, as well as some beautiful new carols to mark this anniversary year.
Saturday, December 15th @ 8pm
Singing to sold out shows at Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall and The Hollywood Bowl, the Irish Tenors bring their bright, ringing voices back to Victoria for a magical night of holiday music and beloved Irish music. Join Ronan Tynan, Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns and the VS for happy songs of celebration and humour, mixed with touching melodies and songs that warm the heart.
November 16th to December 30th
Chemainus Theatre Festival
Louisa May Alcott’s beloved holiday story is a buoyant musical of romantic escapades, sibling rivalries and Christmas wishes. With their father off to fight the Civil War, the four March sisters have many imagined and real adventures. As they dream of their futures, encounter growing pains of youth and rise with courage to face their destiny, the March girls learn the true value of hope and family.
Enjoy your performing arts experience and for the full line up of theatre events see the following links below.
For The Port Theatre schedule click here.
For The Royal Theatre schedule click here.
For the Chemainus Theatre Festival schedule click here.
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