Twist on The Nutcracker for Arts Umbrella

Coquitlam dancers Kaya Tsurumi, Carima Abukakar and Richelle Gordon are cast in the Arts Umbrella production of Mixed Nuts, a twist on The Nutcracker.

Coquitlam dancers Kaya Tsurumi, Carima Abukakar and Richelle Gordon are cast in the Arts Umbrella production of Mixed Nuts, a twist on The Nutcracker.

The show, which opens Friday and runs until Dec. 15 at the Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton St., Vancouver), features talent from Metro Vancouver choreographers and emerging dance artists.

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Sensitive to cultural appropriation concerns, the company won’t include the traditional second-act dances (Spanish, Arabian, Chinese, and Russian) as in The Nutcracker; rather, there will be a candy-inspired set, costume design and movement based around the 1949 board game Candy Land.

For tickets at $30/$25, visit artsumbrella.com/mixednuts.
 

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