The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

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Performance dates
Fri. December 6, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Sat. December 7, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Sun. December 8, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Thu. December 12, 2019 at 5:30 pm

Fri. December 13, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Sat. December 14, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Sat. December 14, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Sun. December 15, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Sun. December 15, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Halifax Dance and Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
Mélanie Léonard, conductor
Giovanna Lamboglia, Clara
Junior Gaspar Caballero, The Nutcracker Prince
Symphony Nova Scotia
On the program

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker

Symphony Nova Scotia’s The Nutcracker is Halifax’s favourite holiday tradition! When a young girl’s toy comes to life, she’s whisked away to an enchanted world where she meets magical creatures, colourful new friends, and the ferocious Mouse Queen. Complete with larger-than-life puppets, spirited dancing, and Tchaikovsky’s hauntingly beautiful music, this tale of magic and wonder is “a much-loved interpretation” (CBC) and a delightful holiday adventure for all ages.

$15 and up (student/child)
$35 and up (adult)

Check out this preview from The Nutcracker!

FAQs about The Nutcracker

How long is the show?
The Nutcracker is exactly two hours long, including a 20-minute intermission.

Is it child-friendly?
The Nutcracker is a very kid-friendly show that appeals to all ages. Please note that all kids must have a seat! If you’ll need a booster seat, please ask our ushers.

Where is the orchestra?
During the show, Symphony Nova Scotia’s full orchestra plays from the pit, right beneath the stage. A balcony seat will give you a great view! Learn more about playing in the pit here.

What can we do at intermission?
This year, for the first time, we’ll host a Nutcracker photo booth, with authentic props from the show! Come join us in the lower lobby and tag us: @symphonyns and #halifaxnutcracker.

Can we snack in the theatre?
We don’t allow food in the theatre, but drinks and snacks are available for sale at intermission.

How did you make the giant Spirit of Winter puppet?
Check out fun facts about the “big guy” here! 

Other questions?
Please contact us anytime at


About the Artists

Giovanna Lamboglia, Clara
Giovanna Lamboglia
Giovanna Lamboglia began her training in classical ballet in Fortaleza, Brazil, at the age of nine. In 2012, she moved on to higher classes at Maria Olenewa State Dance School (Municipal Ballet Theatre of Rio de Janeiro affiliated School), graduating in 2014. She was a guest artist for the Albany Berkshire Ballet in a tour production of The Nutcracker in 2013 and 2017, dancing the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Dewdrop. Since 2008, Giovanna’s repertoire includes leading and soloist roles in Coppélia, Le Corsaire, The Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadère, Swan Lake, and Don Quixote.

She moved to Canada in 2016 to be a soloist dancer with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen for the 2016/17 season. In Canada, her repertoire includes The Neapolitan Dance in Swan Lake, Waltz of Flowers in The Nutcracker, and The Canadian Tradition by Bengt Jörgen. She has been coached by Svea Eklof, with additional ballet training from Evelyn Hart in specific method and choreographic languages. This is Giovanna’s second season as Clara with Symphony Nova Scotia’s The Nutcracker. She holds a diploma in American Ballet Theatre Teacher Training Curriculum, and is a guest teacher in Canada and Brazil.

Junior Gaspar, The Nutcracker Prince
Junior Gaspar
Junior Gaspar was born in Asunción, Paraguay. He began discovering movement when he was three years old, and began dancing Latin rhythms and jazz. He properly started his ballet and contemporary training at the age of 12 at Instituto Superior de Bellas Artes in Asunción. Junior won the gold medal in Paraguay’s National Competition, and was selected to go to acclaimed competitions like Youth American Grand Prix in 2009 (New York City) and Prix de Lausanne Finals in 2012 (Switzerland), where he obtained a scholarship to continue his training at Canada’s National Ballet School.

Junior is a former soloist dancer with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen, where he danced lead roles such as Lord Birch in Ballet Jörgen’s Nutcracker, Nathaniel in Ballet Jörgen’s Coppélia, and Jester in Swan Lake. Junior has performed in galas like the Follow Your Dreams Ballet Gala in Toronto and the 60th Anniversary Dance Gala of ISBA in Paraguay. “I got the chance to be part of this extraordinary Nutcracker production in 2016 and 2017,” Junior says. “I am immensely pleased to have the opportunity to share dance with the warm East Coast audience once more.”

Mélanie Léonard, conductor
Mélanie Léonard
Born in Montréal, Mélanie Léonard is the Music Director of the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra. Prior to her appointment in Sudbury, she held the positions of Resident Conductor and Associate Conductor with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

She has guest conducted at the Montreal International Jazz Festival and with several Canadian orchestras, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, I Musici, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, and Regina Symphony Orchestra.

In 2019/20, Mélanie will be making her debut with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, Orchestre Symphonique de Sherbrooke, and the Prince Edward Island Symphony Orchestra. She also has return engagements with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, Thunder Bay Symphony, and Symphony New Brunswick.

Mélanie is a sought-after studio recording conductor. She has recorded soundtracks for movies, multimedia projects, and, more recently, Wonderbox at Paradise City, an immersive environment in a South Korean Hotel complex. In the summer of 2019, she participated in the recording of the music for Cirque du Soleil’s show in Hanghzou, China.

Mélanie completed her Doctorate in orchestral conducting at Université de Montréal under Maestri Paolo Bellomia and Jean-François Rivest. In 2012, she received the Jean-Marie Beaudet prize in Orchestral Conducting, awarded by the Canada Council for the Arts.

"A dazzling combination of dance, music and amazing puppetry."

The Chronicle Herald

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