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Actor Maitreyi Ramakrishnan among notable names to cameo as 'Nutcracker' cannon dolls

TORONTO — Canadian actress Maitreyi Ramakrishnan and Olympic hockey players Sarah Nurse and Renata Fast are among the celebrities set to appear as cannon dolls in “The Nutcracker.
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Maitreyi Ramakrishnan arrives for the Toronto Film Critics' Association Gala in Toronto, Monday, March 7, 2022. Ramakrishnan and Olympic hockey players Sarah Nurse and Renata Fast are among the celebrities set to appear as cannon dolls in “The Nutcracker.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

TORONTO — Canadian actress Maitreyi Ramakrishnan and Olympic hockey players Sarah Nurse and Renata Fast are among the celebrities set to appear as cannon dolls in “The Nutcracker.”

The National Ballet of Canada says this season’s lineup of cameos includes Ramakrishnan, star of Netflix’s “Never Have I Ever” and Disney’s “Turning Red.”

Other notable guests include actors Graham Greene, Julie Nolke and Gina Louise Phillips will portray colourfully costumed Petrouchka dolls who shoot a cannon into the audience in Act I. 

Celebrity walk-on roles are a long-standing tradition for the holiday show, which this year runs Saturday to Dec. 31.

Others set to appear include gold medal Olympic rower Sydney Payne and teammate Kristina Walker, and CBC Radio hosts Tom Power, Ismaila Alfa and Elamin Abdelmahmoud.

The lineup also includes “eTalk” anchor Tyrone Edwards and “eTalk” reporter Chloe Wilde, and Global News’ Susan Hay.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 5, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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