Take your family on a magical journey this Christmas, through the land of the Nutcracker. Join Clara and her friends as she joins in the battle against the evil Mouse King and his army of mischievous mice. Glorious, timeless music by Tchaikovsky, exquisite dance performed by the Goh Ballet with principal dancers from San Francisco Ballet and the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Choreography by Emmy award winner Anna-Marie Holmes. Live music by the Vancouver Opera Orchestra conducted by Leslie Dala. This is holiday magic at its best.
8:00 p.m. December 17 – 22 The Centre in Vancouver, 777 Homer Street
Celebrate with song at this wonderful annual Elektra event. Joining the ladies will be jazz vocalist Dee Daniels, Bassist Jodi Proznick and the Burnaby Central Secondary Women’s Choir, directed by Carrie Taylor. Chez Nous with Elektra is an always-fresh, family-friendly take on the season. Two performances only. Why not attend both? You can never have too much of a good thing.
2:00 p.m. New Westminster Christian Reformed Church, 8255 13th Ave., Burnaby
7:30 p.m. Ryerson United Church, 2195 West 45th Ave., Vancouver.
Polygamy vs. The State. Only an opera could tackle such a dark subject, and Vancouver Opera follows on the huge success of “Stick Boy” and “Lillian Alling” with this cutting-edge opera by Nico Muhly. This is the Canadian premiere of a provocative opera by one of North America’s hottest composers. The opera tells the story of a “sister wife” in a polygamous marriage who wants to save her daughter from the same fate. It’s a compelling tale, with which British Columbians are familiar, through similar circumstances in Bountiful. Kinza Tyrrell conducts, Amiel Gladstone directs this superb production. But hurry to get tickets, four performances have already sold out.
7:30 p.m. November 26 to December 12 Vancouver Playhouse Theatre
2:00 p.m. December 6