Caravan Farm Theatre to Stage Cirque-inspired Nutcracker

BC outdoor theatre stages a unique re-imagining of beloved classic Christmas tale.


NOV. 12, 2019

SPALLUMCHEEN, BC—From Tchaikovsky’s iconic ballet to animated adaptations, The Nutcracker has had many incarnations since E.T.A. Hoffmann published his classic story in 1816. However, it’s likely his titular title character has never pranced around in the B.C. woods along with horse-drawn sleighs — until now.

Located on a rural property just northwest of Armstrong, Caravan Farm Theatre is about to deliver a delightful twist of the beloved tale for its 2019 winter sleigh-ride production.

“It’s a spectacular re-telling that playfully transposes the story to a gorgeous outdoor rural setting,” says Estelle Shook, Caravan Farm Theatre’s artistic director.

Re-imagined by acclaimed clown and Cirque du Soleil artist Manon Beaudoin, who is returning to the Caravan to direct, 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.

“Manon is one of the top clowns in the country and she, Colin and Lili have appeared in a number of Caravan productions over the years. We are excited to welcome them back to the Caravan,” Shook says.

Saskatchewan actor and World Champion Pipe Band tenor drummer Roaridh MacDonald will play the eponymous hero, and will not only demonstrate his fire juggling skills, but will lead the battle against the Mouse King playing his drum.

The show also features sets by long-time Caravan designer Molly March as well as sound designed by Cody Clyburn.

A truly unique production, audiences will watch the production from horse-drawn sleighs or wagons, depending on snow, through forest and field to see the show played out in front of them on the 80-acre farm.

Caravan Farm Theatre presents The Nutcracker from Dec. 10 to Jan. 4. Tickets are now sale and are available at the Box Office. Please call 1-888-546-8533 or order online at


About Caravan Farm Theatre

Now in its 41st season, Caravan Farm Theatre is one of Canada’s premier professional outdoor theatre companies located on a beautiful 80-acre farm on the unceded traditional territories of the Secwépemc and Syilx First Nations outside of Armstrong, BC. Hailed as a national treasure, Caravan welcomes audiences of all ages and from near and far to the great outdoors to see both classic and original productions created by some of Canada and the world’s top talents. Annual productions include the Halloween Walk of Terror, the winter one-act sleigh-ride show, and the summer full-scale musical production.


To schedule an interview or to arrange a media visit to the farm, please contact:

Kristin Froneman

Caravan Farm Theatre, Publicist


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