Nutcracker has always been a magical holiday tradition.
In 1999, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet staged a new version of the work with choreography by Galina Yardanova and Nina Menon that brings the Russian work closer to home.
This newer Nutcracker is set in a stately home on Winnipeg's Wellington Crescent and features favourite Canadian traditions like a hockey game on an outdoor rink.
SCENE wanted to find out some facts about Nutcracker through the years, so we decided to break it down by the numbers:
Number of performances that have taken place since the 1999 premiere of the current Nutcracker in Winnipeg: over 90.
Number of people who have seen Nutcracker: more than 115,000.
Years Nutcracker has NOT been performed: 2006 and 2008.
People who have performed it the most: Dmitri Dovgoselets. He has consecutively performed Nutcracker every year RWB has put it on since the new version premiered in 1999. This will be his 12th year performing Nutcracker!
Former company members Carrie Broda and Emily Grizzell have also performed the show every year up until their retirement earlier this year.
Favourite celebrity walk-ons: players from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, former Manitoba Premier Gary Doer, former CTV News personality Sylvia Kuzyk, and radio host Ace Burpee.
Celebrity appearances this year: Marcy Markusa, co-host CBC's Information Radio, Olli Jokinen of the Winnipeg Jets and City of Winnipeg Chief of Police Devon Clunis.
Trickiest costume to build: the mouse king costume, taking four people two weeks to complete.
Costumes that are the hardest to maintain: the angel costumes that the children wear in Act II, because they're very long and often times the little girls step on them and they rip.
New this year: the Rusalka Ukrainian Dance group will perform with the troupe every show.
Nutcracker runs at the Concert Hall until December 30.