The Nutcracker On Ice at the ICC, Celtic Manor Resort – Review

We were kindly invited the the VIP event of The Nutcracker On Ice #ad #gifted

Following sold-out seasons at the Royal Albert Hall, The London Palladium and several world tours, The Imperial Ice Stars have brought their dazzling production of The Nutcracker on Ice to the UK’s most prestigious new event destination, The International Convention Centre Wales at the Celtic Manor Resort.

Over the last 15 years the award-winning troupe have performed to over four million people across five continents, including sold out seasons at the Royal Albert Hall and the London Palladium, and now they have brought their enchanting The Nutcracker on Ice to the International Convention Centre Wales (ICC Wales), The show opened on Wednesday 11th December and we were invited to their press evening.

The Nutcracker On Ice
ICC Wales

Our evening started with a two course meal in the beautifully decorated ICC Wales. We were giving a table host who would usher us around the event and take us to our seats. The room was packed full of eager guests. As I glanced around the room I could see I was in the presence of some celebrities, bloggers, media and even the Mayor of Newport.

I was sat with the wonderful Nathan Wyburn and Wayne Courtney of Wyburn and Wayne. We enjoyed a glass or two of wine and had the most delicious cocktail I have ever had the pleasure of drinking.  The Nutcracker Dream was made using Vanilla Vodka, Frangelico, Amaretto and White Chocolate Liqueur, it was Christmas in a glass! Our starter was followed by perfectly cooked beef and fresh vegetables.

After our meal we were taken to our seats. As I entered the auditorium I was amazed by the beautiful stage.  An impressive 14 tonnes of ice was used to create the temporary stage ice rink. It was simply amazing. The backdrop was colourful and captivating, I felt a surge of excitement as I eagerly awaited the Imperial Ice Stars to start the show.

Set in the early 1900’s, St Petersburg, The Nutcracker on Ice follows the classic Russian tale of Marie, the little girl whose love brings to life her cherished Nutcracker doll – a magical Christmas gift from her mysterious godfather, Drosselmeyer.  As midnight strikes on Christmas Eve, the toy comes to life, sweeping young Marie to a winter wonderland of enchantment where she meets the Mouse King, the Nutcracker Prince and, of course, the Sugar Plum Fairy.

The first scene grabbed my attention, we watched as skating mice took over the stage the dancers were mesmerizing they made skating on ice look so easy! We were introduced to the main characters Dr Pavlov, Mrs Pavlov, their eldest daughter Marie and her two younger siblings. I must say I was very impressed with the choreography, each and every character effortlessly glided across the stage with grace. I have never seen anything quite like it. They made dancing on ice look like amateurs.

The Imperial Ice Stars are made up of 24 World, European and National Championship level skaters, who between them hold more than 300 competition medals, they take contemporary ice dance to a new level with their daring and graceful feats.

The Imperial Ice Stars defiantly push boundaries and in doing so have earned an unrivalled reputation  in the genre of ice dance with their skill and athleticism on the ice. They offer creative and powerful story-telling along with their sumptuous sets, spectacular special effects and opulent costumes.

It is very hard to pick a favorite character as each dancer brought something different to the performance.

Marie (Vasilisa Ozerova) is the young girl who falls asleep and dreams about a Prince. Upon waking she finds that her beloved Nutcracker toy has come to life. The Nutcracker, because of Marie’s love, turns into a handsome Prince. The scene between Marie and the Nutcracker Prince ( Maksim Bobrov) were simply spellbinding, they danced together so beautifully and I was really impressed with the lifts!

The Nutcracker On Ice

Alfred Morus who portrayed Herr Drosselmeyer is last to arrive at the Christmas party scene. He is the children’s mysterious godfather, a talented toymaker, who delights everyone by getting the life size dolls he’s brought with him, to dance. Alfred, born into a family of hereditary circus artists had the audience in the palm of his hands with his amazing juggling acts and circus style performance.

Sergei Rublev portrayed the Mouse King. The Mouse King is a larger than life dark character who is defeated in a marvelous battle scene by The Nutcracker and toy soldiers. Sergei really brought this character to life, his presence owned the stage and his strong character demanded the attention of all those enjoying the performance.

My favorite dancer of the night was Olga Vishegoroskikh, at only 17 years old her grace and talent on the ice was truly mesmerizing. Portraying Marie’s sister and the Sugar Plum Fairy her dancing and skating abilities were out of this World.

The Nutcracker On Ice is a must see this year! The Imperial Ice Stars offer elegance and grace, they keep you on the edge of your seat with their fantastic acrobatics, circus performances and their creative dance moves. It is quite hard to believe that they achieved all this without uttering a word, instead the performance is acted out to the musical notes of the great Tchaikovsky.

After the show we were invited to attend the after party, here we met with the talented cast and had a drink. I was completely star struck as I met Marie (Vasilisa Ozerova) and The Nutcracker Prince ( Maksim Bobrov).

The Nutcracker On Ice
With Marie and The Nutcracker Prince

The Major was having a blast with Alfred Morus!!

The Nutcracker On Ice

And we went home with some goodies! A festive tree decoration of The Nutcracker and a bottle of the delicious Nutcracker Dream!

The Nutcracker On Ice

The Nutcracker On Ice will be at the International Convention Centre Wales, Celtic Manor Resort, until January 4th.

For more information and to book tickets, please visit – https://www.celtic-manor.com/whats-on/the-nutcracker-on-ice

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