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Kyle Lowry to trade basketball shoes for ballet slippers in The Nutcracker

Toronto Raptors all-star Kyle Lowry is set to be a pointe guard in "The Nutcracker."

Raptors guard will perform as 'cannon doll' at National Ballet of Canada production

Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, seen above during Toronto's championship parade, was announced as one of the celebrities to be performing in Toronto's The Nutcracker on Monday. (Tijana Martin/The Canadian Press)

Toronto Raptors all-star Kyle Lowry is set to be a point guard in The Nutcracker.

The NBA champion is among the Canadian celebrities who will grace the stage as "cannon dolls" in the National Ballet of Canada's holiday production.

The ballet company enlists notable personalities to make cameo appearances in each show at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

The colourfully costumed characters show up as a cannon goes off to begin the battle scene in the first act, which is set in a winter wonderland in 19th-century Russia.

Other special guests this season include soprano Measha Brueggergosman, Stars lead singer Torquil Campbell and WE co-founder Marc Kielburger.

The lineup also features wheelchair rugby players Cody Caldwell and Mike Whitehead and wheelchair tennis athletes Gillian Cruz and Anne-Marie Dolinar.

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