Shumka's Nutcracker

"Clara's Dream"

presented by Northgate Industries Ltd.   Sid and Nellie Braaksma


The 2016 Cast of Clara's Dream Announced!


November 22, 2016



We’re thrilled to announce the 2016 cast of Clara’s Dream featuring a talented, athletic and elegant cast, from Ukraine and from right here in Edmonton!


Performing the roles of Clara and the Prince, Shumka welcomes back Tania Lozova and Yaroslav Tkachuk from the Kyiv Ballet of the National Opera of Ukraine. Joining the cast for the first time, Jan VáÅa, from the National Ballet of Ukraine, will perform as the mysterious Uncle Drosselmeier.


Making an exciting return to the Jubilee Stage, Shumka is thrilled to welcome alumnus, So You Think You Can Dance Canada finalist and Cirque Du Soleil performer Jeffrey Mortensen, returning to the role of Clara’s mischievous brother, Fritz.


From Virsky Ballet, The Ukrainian State Folk Dance Company, Viacheslav Ilinskyi, Andriy Demeshchuk, Maksym Karpenko and Kostiantyn Frolov will be featured soloists in this year’s production.


Shumka is delighted to once again welcome Edmonton’s Citie Ballet and Viter Ukrainian Folk Choir to the cast, plus young dancers from the Shumka School of Dance, making Clara’s Dream truly Edmonton’s Ukrainian Nutcracker.


Clara’s Dream Creative Team includes Producer Michael Sulyma, Production Artistic Director/Choreographer Viktor Lytvynov, Creative Director/Artistic Consultant John Pichlyk, Musical Arranger Yuri Shevchenko, Sets/Costume Designer Maria Levitska, Lighting Designer Pierre Lavoie, and Shumka Repetiteurs Tasha Orysiuk and Paul Olijnyk. Choreographic elements for the 2016 production are being added by Citie Ballet Artistic Director Jorden Morris.


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