Outdoors cirque-inspired show in Armstrong a sell out

Lili Beaudoin (Maria) in Caravan Farm Theatre’s outdoor performance of The Nutcracker. (Cody Clyburn photo)Lili Beaudoin (Maria) in Caravan Farm Theatre’s outdoor performance of The Nutcracker. (Cody Clyburn photo)
Lili Beaudoin (Maria), Colin Heath (Drosselmeyer) and Ruaridh MacDonald (Nutcracker) in Caravan Farm Theatre’s sold-out performance of The Nutcracker. (Cody Clyburn photo)Lili Beaudoin (Maria), Colin Heath (Drosselmeyer) and Ruaridh MacDonald (Nutcracker) in Caravan Farm Theatre’s sold-out performance of The Nutcracker. (Cody Clyburn photo)
Jennifer Lynch stars as the Sugar Plum Fairy in Caravan Farm Theatre’s sold-out, outdoor performance of The Nutcracker. (Cody Clyburn photo)Jennifer Lynch stars as the Sugar Plum Fairy in Caravan Farm Theatre’s sold-out, outdoor performance of The Nutcracker. (Cody Clyburn photo)
Lili Beaudoin (Maria) and Ruaridh MacDonald (Nutcracker) in Caravan Farm Theatre’s outdoor performance of The Nutcracker. (Cody Clyburn photo)Lili Beaudoin (Maria) and Ruaridh MacDonald (Nutcracker) in Caravan Farm Theatre’s outdoor performance of The Nutcracker. (Cody Clyburn photo)
Outdoors cirque-inspired show in Armstrong a sell out

Audiences have dashed to the front of the line to scoop up an entire run of 11,000 tickets for a popular outdoor theatre performance.

ETA Hoffman’s Christmas classic is inciting gasps from young and seasoned audiences as Caravan Farm Theatre continues with its magical reimagining of The Nutcracker.

As with past Caravan winter productions, audiences are embarking on this truly unique theatrical journey by horse-drawn sleighs or wagons, depending on snow, where they dash through forest and field to see the magic unfold on the 80-acre rural property located just northwest of Armstrong, B.C.

“It’s an audacious blend of circus artistry and a heartfelt coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of a winter’s night. Audiences are loving it!” said Estelle Shook, Caravan Farm Theatre’s artistic director.

The show, which first dashed through the snow Dec. 10, has been running steady since and continues with three nightly shows until Jan. 4 (except for New Year’s Day). But if you haven’t already scooped up tickets, it’s too late.

“The entire run of 11,000 tickets is sold out. We have a waiting list if people wish, and it’s always good to sign up for our mailing list, as that’s how most of our patrons are notified about our shows,” said Shook.

Call 1-888-546-8533 or join the waitlist online at www.caravanfarmtheatre.com.

Directed by acclaimed clown and Cirque du Soleil artist Manon Beaudoin, The Nutcracker features a libretto by Vancouver playwright, actor and director James Fagan Tait for the play’s mini operetta scene.

Joining Beaudoin in the production is her partner and fellow Cirque du Soleil performer Colin Heath, last seen doing backflips in 2017’s The Law of the Land, as well as their actor daughter Lili Beaudoin, who first appeared at Caravan as a ghost in the 2002 production of The Apple Orchard.

Saskatchewan actor and World Champion Pipe Band tenor drummer Ruaridh MacDonald plays the eponymous hero, and not only demonstrates his fire juggling skills, but leads the battle against the Mouse King playing his drum.

The show also features indigenous BC stage actor Aaron Wells (last seen in Caravan’s summer production of The Coyotes), Toronto mezzo-soprano operatic/theatre performer Alexandra Garrison in various roles, as well as Vancouver ballet dancer Jennifer Lynch as the Sugar Plum Fairy in a dazzling aerobatic display.

With bigger-than life sets created by long-time Caravan designer Molly March and the updated Tchaikovsky-based score designed by Cody Clyburn, Caravan is delighting audiences of all ages.

READ MORE: Cirque-inspired Nutcracker sleigh-rides into outdoor Armstrong theatre

READ MORE: Vernon talent tunes into Christmas nostalgia


@VernonNews
newsroom@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vernon Search and Rescue, with help from the Air Rescue One helicopter out of Wildcat Helicopters in Kelowna, and Central Okanagan Search and Rescue, were able to transport an injured snowmobiler to Vernon Regional Airport, where he was loaded into an ambulance and taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital with a serious, painful back injury. (Facebook photo)
Okanagan helicopter rescue teams called to retrieve injured sledder at Greystokes

Vernon and Central Okanagan Search and Rescue help load injured man into waiting helicopter

Kerri and Kevin Black are highlighted for their volunteer work with the Carr's Landing Community and Recreation Association. (Contributed)
Lake Country couple’s passion to make a difference

Spotlight on Carr’s Landing Community and Recreation Association volunteers

Pink Shirt Day’s anti-bullying messaging on Feb. 24 should be understood every day of the year. (Contributed)
COLUMN: Millennial’s guide to online trolls, bullies

Messages of Pink Shirt Day should be front of mind all year long, especially online

B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry wears shoes designed in her honour, as she views her image at the Murals of Gratitude exhibition in Vancouver, on July 3, 2020. (Darryl Dyck - The Canadian Press)
Celebrating Vernon women in leadership this International Women’s Day

Pandemic highlights women excelling in critical response roles

A health worker holds a vial of AstraZeneca vaccine to be administered to members of the police at a COVID-19 vaccination center in Mainz, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. The federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, start with the vaccination of police officers in internal police vaccination centers. (Andreas Arnold/dpa via AP)
B.C. officials to unveil new details of COVID vaccination plan Monday

Seniors and health-care workers who haven’t gotten their shot are next on the list

An investigation is underway after a man was shot and killed by Tofino RCMP in Opitsaht. (Black Press Media file photo)
Man shot and killed by RCMP near Tofino, police watchdog investigating

Investigation underway by Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia.

B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on Tuesday December 11, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C.’s compromise on in-person worship at three churches called ‘absolutely unacceptable’

Would allow outdoor services of 25 or less by Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack churches

Wills Hodgkinson, 10, and his mom Neeley Brimer get ready to battle round three of cancer. The community of Penticton has his back. (Submitted)
Community raises $21K to help Penticton boy battle third round of cancer

Okanoggin Barbers held the fundraiser on Saturday for 10-year-old Wills Hodgkinson

Baldy Mountain Resort was shut down on Saturday after a fatal workplace accident. (Baldy Mountain picture)
UPDATE: 70-year-old man killed in workplace accident at Baldy Mountain

The mountain closed on Saturday but has partially re-opened today (Sunday)

Jasmine and Gwen Donaldson are part of the CAT team working to reduce stigma for marginalized groups in Campbell River. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror
Jasmine’s story: Stigma can be the hardest hurdle for those overcoming addiction

Recovering B.C. addict says welcome, connection and community key for rebuilding after drug habit

Chase RCMP held two men involved in drunken disturbances overnight in their detachment’s cells on Feb. 6. (File Photo)
Chase RCMP hold two men involved in drunken disturbances overnight

The two separate incidents took place less than an hour apart.

Kamloops Fire Rescue battled a landfill fire which belched toxic smoke into the air on Feb. 27. (City of Kamloops Photo)
Fire at Kamloops landfill sends thick black smoke into the air

Firefighters made slow progress on the fire throughout the morning.

A Vancouver restaurant owner was found guilty of violating B.C.’s Human Rights Code by discriminating against customers on the basis of their race. (Pixabay)
Vancouver restaurant owner ordered to pay $4,000 to customers after racist remark

Referring to patrons as ‘you Arabs’ constitutes discrimination under B.C.’s Human Rights Code, ruling deems

Most Read