Langley’s Emmaly Colins is one of 80 Lower Mainland dance students performing in The Nutcracker at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Langley’s Emmaly Colins is one of 80 Lower Mainland dance students performing in The Nutcracker at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Local dancer performs in holiday ballet

Langley dancer Emmaly Colins is one of 80 Lower Mainland student dancers performing in The Nutcracker at Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Langley dancer Emmaly Colins is one of 80 lucky student dancers from the Lower Mainland to be in Alberta Ballet’s production of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, presented by Ballet BC at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Choreographed by Edmund Stripe, with sets and costumes designed by Emmy award-winning designer Zack Brown, The Nutcracker extravagantly displays more than $1 million in stunning sets and costumes.

Set in turn of the 20th century Imperial Russia — an era of opulent grandeur — the production features mice in the battle scene dressed as Cossack soldiers and snowflakes dressed as Russian princesses.

The dancers are accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s musical score, played live by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

The Nutcracker runs for four performances at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Dec. 29-31 with shows on Dec. 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 30 and 31 at 2 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 1-855-985-2787 (855-985-ARTS) or online at ticketmaster.ca and range in price from $35 to $110 (including GST and service charges).

Family four-packs are available from $250-$335.

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