TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 20, 2007) - For the first time ever and for one presentation only, The National Ballet of Canada and Cineplex Entertainment (TSX:CGX.UN) will present The Nutcracker live in high-definition (HD) on December 22, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. EST exclusively in 69 Cineplex Entertainment theatres across Canada. Advance tickets go on sale at noon on November 23, 2007 online at www.cineplex.com as well as at participating theatre box offices.
"The National Ballet's The Nutcracker has been hailed as 'the best on the planet,'(Globe and Mail, 2006)," said Karen Kain, Artistic Director. "We are thrilled that with this unprecedented broadcast, Canadians across the country can experience this wonderful holiday tradition live in HD from the Four Seasons Centre."
"Our partnership with The National Ballet of Canada to present The Nutcracker this holiday season is indicative of our commitment to be the leaders in out-of-home entertainment," said Pat Marshall, Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations, Cineplex Entertainment. "The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition that should be experienced by as many Canadians as possible. Our partnership will enable thousands more to experience this visual and musical delight in communities large and small all across Canada."
The Nutcracker live in HD is sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts, Lexus and Scotiabank, with additional funding by John and Claudine Bailey and Sandra and Jim Pitblado.
The Nutcracker will be filmed using seven HD cameras at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto and transmitted live to the following theatres throughout Canada:
BRITISH COLUMBIA Cineplex Odeon Park and Tilford Cinemas Cineplex Odeon Aberdeen Mall Cinemas 200-333 Brooksbank Avenue 700-1320 Trans Canada Highway North Vancouver, BC Kamloops, BC Galaxy Cinemas Nanaimo Cineplex Odeon Meadowtown Cinemas 213-4750 Rutherford Road 410-19800 Lougheed Highway Nanaimo, BC Pitt Meadows, BC Colossus Langley Cinemas SilverCity Mission Cinemas 20090-91A Avenue 32555 London Avenue Langley, BC Mission, BC SilverCity Riverport Cinemas Famous Players Orchard Plaza Cinemas 14211 Entertainment Way 160-1876 Cooper Road Richmond, BC Kelowna, BC SilverCity Coquitlam Cinemas Famous Players 6 Cinemas 170 Schoolhouse Street 172-1600 5th Avenue Coquitlam, BC Prince George, BC SilverCity Victoria Cinemas Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver 3130 Tillicum Avenue 900 Burrard Street Victoria, BC Vancouver, BC ALBERTA Galaxy Cinemas Lethbridge Galaxy Cinemas Medicine Hat 501-1st Avenue 3292 Dunmore Road Lethbridge, AB Medicine Hat, AB Cineplex Odeon Grand Prairie Cinemas Cineplex Odeon Sunridge 10330-109th Street Spectrum Cinemas Grand Prairie, AB 400-2555 32nd Street Calgary, AB Cineplex Odeon South Galaxy Cinemas Sherwood Park Edmonton Cinemas 2020 Sherwood Drive 1525-99th Street Sherwood Park, AB Edmonton, AB Scotiabank Theatre Chinook Scotiabank Theatre Edmonton 6455 MacLeod Trail SW 8882-170 Street Calgary, AB Edmonton, AB Famous Players Park Plaza Cinemas 5214-47th Avenue Red Deer, AB SASKATCHEWAN Galaxy Cinemas Prince Albert Galaxy Cinemas Regina 2995 2nd Avenue W 420 McCarthy Boulevard N Prince Albert, SK Regina, SK Galaxy Cinemas Saskatoon 347-2nd Avenue Saskatoon, SK MANITOBA SilverCity Polo Park Cinemas SilverCity St. Vital Cinemas 817 St. James Street 160-1225 St. Mary's Road Winnipeg, MB Winnipeg, MB ONTARIO Cineplex Odeon Queensway Cinemas Cineplex Odeon Gardiners Road Cinemas 1025 The Queensway 626 Gardiners Road Etobicoke, ON Kingston, ON Cineplex Odeon Galaxy Cinemas Cornwall Sheppard-Grande Cinemas 1325 Second Street E 4861 Yonge Street Cornwall, ON Toronto, ON Cineplex Odeon Eglinton Galaxy Cinemas Peterborough Town Centre Cinemas 320 Water Street 22 Lebovic Avenue Peterborough, ON Toronto, ON Coliseum Scarborough Cinemas Galaxy Cinemas Owen Sound 300 Borough Drive 1020 10th Street W Scarborough, ON Owen Sound, ON SilverCity Richmond Hill Cinemas Galaxy Cinemas North Bay 8725 Yonge Street 300 Lakeshore Drive Richmond Hill, ON North Bay, ON Colossus Vaughan Cinemas Galaxy Cinemas Sault Ste. Marie 3555 Highway 7 293 Bay Street Vaughan, ON Sault Ste. Marie, ON Coliseum Mississauga Cinemas Galaxy Cinemas St. Thomas 309 Rathburn Road W 417 Wellington Street Mississauga, ON St. Thomas, ON SilverCity Brampton Cinemas Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo 50 Great Lakes Drive 550 King Street N Brampton, ON Waterloo, ON SilverCity Oakville Cinemas Galaxy Cinemas Cambridge 3531 Wyecroft Road 355 Hespeler Road Oakville, ON Cambridge, ON SilverCity Newmarket Cinemas Galaxy Cinemas Orangeville 18151 Yonge Street 85 Fifth Avenue Newmarket, ON Orangeville, ON SilverCity Ancaster Cinemas Galaxy Cinemas Guelph 771 Golf Link Road 485 Woodlawn Road W Ancaster, ON Guelph, ON SilverCity London Cinemas Galaxy Cinemas Brockville 1680 Richmond Street 2399 Parkdale Avenue London, ON Brockville, ON SilverCity Sudbury Cinemas Galaxy Cinemas Collingwood 355 Barrydown Road 6 Mountain Road Sudbury, ON Collingwood, ON Cineplex Odeon Brantford Cinemas Cineplex Odeon Oshawa Cinemas 300 King George Road 1351 Grandview Street N Brantford, ON Oshawa, ON Galaxy Cinemas Barrie Cineplex Odeon South Keys Cinemas 72 Commerce Park Drive 2214 Banks Street Barrie, ON Ottawa ON Cineplex Odeon Niagara Coliseum Ottawa Cinemas Square Cinemas 3090 Carling Avenue 7555 Montrose Road Ottawa, ON Niagara Falls, ON Cineplex Odeon SilverCity Gloucester Cinemas Devonshire Mall Cinemas 2385 City Park Drive 3100 Howard Avenue Gloucester, ON Windsor, ON SilverCity Burlington Cinemas 1250 Brant Street Burlington, ON QUEBEC Cineplex Odeon Ste. Foy Cinemas StarCite Montreal Cinemas 1200 boul. Duplessis 4825 Avenue Pierre De Coubertin Ste. Foy, PQ Montreal, PQ Cineplex Odeon Brossard Cinemas Cinema Banque Scotia Montreal 9350 boul. Leduc 977 Ste-Catherine West Brossard, PQ Montreal, PQ Galaxy Cinemas Victoriaville Coliseum Kirkland Cinemas 1121 Jutras East 3200 rue Jean Yves Victoriaville, PQ Kirkland, PQ Galaxy Cinemas Sherbrooke Colossus Laval Cinemas 4202 Bertrand 2800 rue Cosmodome Rock Forest, PQ Laval, PQ
Admission for children ages 3-12 is $9.95, for seniors is $17.95 and general admission is $19.95, plus applicable taxes. A special Family Pack price is also being offered for $49.94, plus applicable taxes, which includes 2 adult or 2 senior admissions and 2 child admissions. The Family Pack is available at participating theatre box offices only. For more information on tickets and theatre locations, visit www.cineplex.com.
The National Ballet of Canada's The Nutcracker is a magical holiday tradition. This family favourite provides a glimpse into a stunning winter wonderland inspired by Tsarist Russia, complete with dancing bears, silver snowflakes and a Faberge egg that houses The Sugar Plum Fairy. Sold out last year! The December 22 matinee performance runs 115-minutes, with a 20-minute intermission.
The Nutcracker's choreography and libretto are by James Kudelka, music is by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, set and costume design are by Santo Loquasto and lighting design is by Jennifer Tipton.
The National Ballet of Canada's The Nutcracker is live on stage in Toronto from December 8 - 30 at the Four Seasons Centre. Visit thenutcracker.ca for more information and to buy tickets.
Ballet companies across Canada perform their own productions of The Nutcracker this holiday season:
For details, visit www.albertaballet.com/users/folder.asp?FolderID=7072.
For details, visit http://www.balletbc.com/performances/200708/nutcracker/.
Royal Winnipeg Ballet
For details, visit http://www.rwb.org/boxoffice/nc.html.
Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal
For details, visit http://www.grandsballets.com/en/index_achat-de-billets.cfm.
Ballet Jorgen - Various locations
For details, visit http://www.balletjorgen.ca/inperformance.htm.
For a listing of all presentations of The Nutcracker on stage across Canada, visit www.national.ballet.ca.
About Cineplex Entertainment LP
Cineplex Entertainment LP owns, leases or has a joint-venture interest in 130 theatres with 1,315 screens serving approximately 60 million guests annually. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Cineplex Entertainment LP is the largest motion picture exhibitor in Canada operating the following brands: Cineplex Odeon, Galaxy, Famous Players (including Coliseum, Colossus, SilverCity), Cinema City and Scotiabank Theatres. The units of Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund, which owns approximately 75.7% of Cineplex Entertainment LP, are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol CGX.UN). For more information, visit www.cineplex.com.
The 2007/08 season is presented by CTV Bell Globe Media.
TD Waterhouse presents the Toronto presentation of The Nutcracker and Nutcracker Story Time.
The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges Actra, Equity, IATSE, TMA and AFM.
The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Ontario Arts Council; the City of Toronto through the Economic Development, Culture and Tourism Department; The Government of Canada through the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister, the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Government of Ontario; the Ontario Arts Foundation; the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
ONLINE IMAGE LIBRARY: Media are invited to download photos of The Nutcracker at www.national.ballet.ca/Media/MediaImageGallery/ UserName: Media Password: Media(asterix)Ballet Please note that the Username and Password are case sensitive. This site is for media use only. PLEASE NOTE: The (asterix) in the Password should be entered using the asterix symbol on your keyboard.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
National Ballet of Canada
(416) 345-9686 ext. 302
Vice President, Communications