Ballet students sought for December production

Live at the Hippo Pool Events continues the Nutcracker tradition in Guelph.

Ballet Jörgen Canada is re­turning to River Run Centre on Dec. 3 and 4, 2009 at 7:30 pm with its Group of Seven Nutcracker.

Last year, 14 students from dance schools in Guelph, Fer­gus, Elora, and the surrounding area were selected by Ballet Jörgen Canada to join the company’s professional cast for the Guelph performances.

Once again, the company will offer the opportunity for local dance students to parti­cipate with the professional dancers in two performances.  Ballet Jörgen Canada will audi­tion local dance students on, Sept. 26, at River Run Centre.  Interested young dancers between the ages of 8 and 18 years should call Carolynn Clark at 1-519-770-0442 to register for auditions.

In the weeks leading up to the performance, the selected students will rehearse regularly at Royal City School of Ballet and Theatre Jazz Inc in Guelph.

Choreographed by Bengt Jörgen to Pyotr Ilyich Tchai­kovsky’s score, this re-working of the classic is born from a collaboration with Kleinburg’s McMichael Canadian Art Col­lection. The Group of Seven Nutcracker features as a back­drop, Canada’s 20th century landscape artists Franklin Car­michael’s Church and Houses at Bisset (1931), Tom Thom­son’s Snow in the Woods (1916) and L.L. FitzGerald’s Trees and Wildflowers (1922).

Audiences embark on a journey through northern lands filled with snowflakes, trilli­ums and woodland creatures.  Roles such as Deer, Beaver, Frog, Dragon Fly, Squirrel and Bear Cub will be filled by dancers selected during the auditions.

For the River Run perfor­mances, all seats are reserved. Adult tickets are $40 and $36, seniors’ tickets are $38 and $34 and student tickets are $27 and $23. Premier seating price is $50. Tickets are now on sale at River Run Centre Box Office at 519-763-3000 or 1-877-520-2408 or