Royal City Youth Ballet braves storm to bring ‘The Nutcracker’ to Cowichan

Young Clara dances after receiving her nutcracker. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The mysterious Count Drosselmeyer suprises the children with magic tricks. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
One of Clara’s gifts is this beautiful doll. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
A flexible harlequin entertains the group at the Christmas Eve party. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
A Russian tradition, a dancing bear, is a treat for the partygoers. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
After her brother breaks Clara’s nutcracker, the Count fixes it for her. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The party offers the friends a chance to celebrate the holiday together. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Meanwhile, the mice in the mansion are preparing to do battle with the toys. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Clara’s nutcracker has come to life and she curtsies to him gracefully. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The toy soldiers prepare for battle with the mice. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Clara is upset as the mice and the toys prepare to fight each other. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The mouse king engages in a sword fight with the nutcracker. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The mouse king may be dead but Clara is devastated that her nutcracker died, too. Drosselmeyer promises her that he will be fine. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Snowflakes flutter outside in Russia, the land of snow. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The Snow King and Queen arrive to help Clara and her nutcracker-turned-soldier on their way. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
In a graceful end to the snow scene, the King and Queen dance a graceful pas de deux. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Clara and her handsome soldier arrive in the Land of Sweets. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Clara meets the lovely Sugar Plum Fairy. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The Rose dances for Clara as part of the beautiful Waltz of the Flowers. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The flowers, rosebuds and The Rose herself provide graceful entertainment. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Clara is enthralled by the beauty of the delicate Rose. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The Trepak dance celebrates everything Russian. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The Sugar Plum Fairy dances a solo to her famous tinkling music in a performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ by the Royal City Youth Ballet in Duncan last weekend. For more from the show, see our Friday edition. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
A sinuous Arabian dancer is among the entertainers who perform for Clara. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
A steaming Chinese tea pot seems to pour out dancers waving traditional banners. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The dance of the Mirlitons (French pastries) is delightfully colourful. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier give the young couple a hint of what their future together might be. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Romance is in the air as the Sugar Plum Fairy performs with her Cavalier. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The graceful pas de deux by the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier delights Clara and her soldier. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
After her visit to the Land of Sweets, Clara continues to dream of her handsome soldier. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

The recent storms have caused downed trees, power outages, ferry cancellations, and more but the Royal City Youth Ballet Company was determined to get to Duncan for their two performances, Dec. 14-15.

They were at the ferry terminal by mid-morning Dec. 14 but due to high winds cancelling sailings didn’t get onto the ferry to Vancouver Island until late afternoon.

However, the troupe was still able to get the show on the stage by 7:30 p.m., just half an hour after the originally scheduled time Friday, providing an evening of magical entertainment for the big crowd that had gathered for this traditional Christmas ballet.

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