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

Young Clara dances after receiving her nutcracker. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Young Clara dances after receiving her nutcracker. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The mysterious Count Drosselmeyer suprises the children with magic tricks. (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)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 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)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)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)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)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)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)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)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 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)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)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)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)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 and her handsome soldier arrive in the Land of Sweets. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Clara meets the lovely Sugar Plum Fairy. (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 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)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)Clara is enthralled by the beauty of the delicate Rose. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The Trepak dance celebrates everything Russian. (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)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 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)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 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)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)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)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)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.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Cowichan Valley Capitals defenceman Logan Rands pokes the puck away from Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Talon Duff. (Elena Rardon/Black Press Media)
Offence sags as Cowichan Capitals reach midway mark

Caps score one goal in three games as pod season continues

BCYP Minister for the Southern Interior, Aislinn Dressler of Fernie said the Youth Parliament being virtual was a great way to learn about how the BC Parliament was operating. (Photo contributed by Aislinn Dressler)
Applications open for Islands Youth Parliament

Applications must be received by April 23

Someone used this counterfeit $50 to pay for items at the Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store in downtown Duncan in April 2021. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Duncan businesses warned of counterfeit cash

Fake $50 passed at Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store

A large crowd protested against COVID-19 measures at Sunset Beach in Vancouver on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. (Snapchat)
VIDEO: Large, police-patrolled crowds gather at Vancouver beach for COVID protests

Vancouver police said they patrolled the area and monitored all gatherings

FILE – The Instagram app is shown on an iPhone in Toronto on Monday, March 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy
Judge acquits B.C. teen boy ‘set up’ on sex assault charge based on Instagram messages

The girl and her friends did not have ‘good intentions’ towards the accused, judge says

Kai Palkeinen recently helped a car stuck on the riverbed near the Big Eddy Bridge. While the car could not be saved, some of the driver’s belongings were. It’s common for vehicles to get stuck in the area due to significantly changing river levels from Revelstoke Dam. (Photo by Kai Palkeinen)
“I just sank a car’: Revelstoke resident tries to save vehicle from the Columbia River

Although it’s not permitted, the riverbed near the city is popular for off roading

Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei, walks down the street with an acquaintance after leaving B.C. Supreme Court during a lunch break at her extradition hearing, in Vancouver, B.C., Thursday, April 1, 2021. A judge is scheduled to release her decision today on a request to delay the final leg of hearings in Meng Wanzhou’s extradition case. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rich Lam
B.C. judge grants Meng Wanzhou’s request to delay extradition hearings

Lawyers for Canada’s attorney general had argued there is no justification to delay proceedings in the case

B.C. Premier John Horgan announces travel restrictions between the province’s regional health authorities at the legislature, April 19, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. sees 862 more COVID-19 cases Wednesday, seven deaths

Recreational travel restrictions set to begin Friday

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson is photographed following her budget speech in the legislative assembly at the provincial legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. budget lacks innovative drive, vision during uncertain times, say experts

Finance Minister Selina Robinson’s budget sets out to spend $8.7 billion over three years on infrastructure

Using panels kept cold by water circulating within them, B.C. researchers compared thermal comfort in 60 of the world’s most populous cities, including Toronto. (Lea Ruefenacht)
B.C. researchers use air conditioning to combat spread of COVID particles

Dr. Adam Rysanek and his team have proven a new worthwhile system – a mixture of cooling panels and natural ventilation

Police road checks are coming for people travelling between regions while COVID-19 travel restrictions are in place. (Black Press file photo)
B.C. clarifies COVID-19 travel restrictions, Lower Mainland a single zone

Vehicle checks on highways, at ferry terminals to start Friday

Victoria police are looking for a 38-year-old man after he allegedly assaulted and choked a missing 15-year-old victim in Beacon Hill Park Tuesday night. (Black Press Media file photo)
15-year-old choked in Beacon Hill tent, Victoria police assaulted while intervening

Police searching for 38-year-old suspect, two officers injured in altercation with park residents

Most Read