TORONTO – A modified version of “The Nutcracker” will return to Toronto this season with COVID-19 vaccination rules for the audience, but no famous guest stars or child performers on stage.
The National Ballet of Canada says clients will need proof of vaccination and government-issued ID when entering the Four Seasons Center, in accordance with provincial vaccination rules for theaters and concert halls.
Children under the age of 12, who do not have a licensed COVID-19 vaccine, must provide proof of a rapid antigen test or negative PCR taken no more than 48 hours before attending a show; however, your tickets will be discounted to offset the cost of the test.
This year’s production will also not feature artists under the age of 12, traditionally recruited to play supporting characters, including chefs and mice. Instead, the National Ballet says those roles will be performed by students from the National Ballet School of Canada, adding that all performers and crew will be fully vaccinated.
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This year’s production will also not feature artists under the age of 12, traditionally recruited to play supporting characters, including chefs and mice. The National Ballet says that all the children’s roles will be performed by students over the age of 12 from the National Ballet School of Canada. They add that all the artists and the crew will be fully vaccinated.
This year’s production will also do without the famous cannon dolls, which in the past have included NBA player Kyle Lowry, Toronto Maple Leafs stars Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner, and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield.
“The Nutcracker”, one of the largest and most elaborate productions of the National Ballet’s repertoire, will take place from December 10 to 31.
Audience members will be required to wear masks at all times, except when eating or drinking, and theaters will operate at 50% capacity.
Guests must be fully vaccinated with a complete series or combination of accepted vaccines at least 14 days before attending a performance, the National Ballet said Tuesday.
Last August, the National Ballet canceled the 2020 performances of “The Nutcracker” due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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