Photo Coverage: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND

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On Tuesday, June 21st The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts was transformed into something straight out of Wonderland as patrons plunged down the rabbit hole in support of The National Ballet of Canada. Mad Hot Wonderland was the Ballet's Annual Fundraiser and it was a smashing success. The evening featured performances from the now sold out production of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, as well as Passacaglia, No. 24 and Dying Swan, danced by Greta Hodgkinson who is celebrating her 20th year with The National Ballet of Canada.

Following the performance guests were invited to party in Wonderland, with food, drink, music and fabulous prizes. It was truly a magical night, complete with roaming Alice's (who greeted guests, played life-size chess and croquet), white rabbits and many mad hatters. A signature "White Rabbit Cocktail" featuring Skyy Vodka and Teaopia Tangerine Dream Tea was waiting for guests as they exited the performance, served in gorgeous Ashley Royal Doulton teacups. A Mad Hatter Challenge also took place where guests could vote on their favourite Mad Hat!


The event was a rip-roaring success, with celebrity guests aplenty (including Artistic Director Karen Kain in a stunning Justina McCaffrey gown) and tons of music, food and drink to be enjoyed. 1898 guests attended the event, which raised $1,124,500 for the ballet to support their continued excellence in dance. BWW was thrilled to be on hand to cover all of the magic of Wonderland with these exclusive photos:

When and Where?

Mad Hot Wonderland took place on June 21st at The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The Lead Sponsor was CIBC and media sponsors were CTV and The Globe and Mail. Food and drink was provided by Skyy Vodka, Teaopia, Wines of South Africa, Steam Whistle, Tipicular Fixins and North 44. The event raised $1,124,500 for The National Ballet of Canada.

The National Ballet of Canada's 60th Season opens on November 16th, 2011 with a brand new production of Romeo and Juliet by acclaimed choreographer Alexei Ratmansky.

For complete details on the 2011 Season or to purchase tickets, please visit their official website at http://national.ballet.ca/

All Photos by Racheal McCaig Photography

Photo Coverage: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND

Photo Coverage: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
The Alice's Adventures in Wonderland banner outside The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Photo Coverage: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
Artistic Director Karen Kain with husband Ross Petty

Photo Coverage: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
Artistic Director Karen Kain with husband Ross Petty

Photo Coverage: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
BWW's Kelly Cameron is greeted by a quartet of Alices

Photo Coverage: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
"Drink Me" water bottles kicked off the Mad Hot Wonderland themed food and drink

Photo Coverage: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
The White Rabbit Cocktail (featuring Skyy Vodka and Teaopia

Photo Coverage: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
A young ballet fan eyes up the tea displays

Photo Coverage: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
Mad Hot Wonderland wouldn't be complete without tea

Photo Coverage: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
The William Ashley Tea Cups

Photo Coverage: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
BWW's Kelly Cameron went down the rabbit hole

Photo Coverage: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
Fingers sandwiches provided by North 44

Photo Coverage: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
Wonderful food spread by North 44

Photo Coverage: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
The Mad Hot Crowd

Photo Coverage: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
The Mad Hot Crowd

Photo Coverage: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
Human Caterpillar and his Mad Hot Servant

Photo Coverage: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
BWW's Kelly Cameron taking a break

Photo Coverage: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
BWW's Kelly Cameron with the Caterpillar and his gorgeous friend

Photo Coverage: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
BWW's Kelly Cameron and Q's Jian Ghomeshi

Photo Coverage: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
Mad Hot Guests show off their Mad Hat's

Photo Coverage: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
Sheila McCarthy and Bob Hope

Photo Coverage: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
Principal Dancers Sonia Rodriguez, Bridgett Zehr, Heather Ogden, Greta Hodgkinson and Xiao Nan Yu

Photo Coverage: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
Principal Dancers Zdenek Konvalina, Jiri Jelinek and Aleksandar Antonijevic

Photo Coverage: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
Principal Dancers Jiri Jelinek, Heather Ogden, Bridgett Zehr, Sonia Rodriguez, Aleksandar Antonijevic, Xiao Nan Yu, Greta Hodgkinson and Zdenek Konvalina

Photo Coverage: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
Principal Dancers Heather Ogden, Bridgett Zehr, Sonia Rodriguez, Aleksandar Antonijevic and Xiao Nan Yu

Photo Coverage: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
BWW's Kelly Cameron, Kurt Browning and Sonia Rodriguez

Photo Coverage: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
BWW's Kelly Cameron, Kurt Browning and Sonia Rodriguez

Photo Coverage: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
Kurt Browning congratulates wife Sonia Rodriguez with a kiss

Photo Coverage: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
Robert Brews, Ross Petty, Karen Kain and Ken Brown

Photo Coverage: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
The Alices play croquet

Photo Coverage: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
The Alices on Osgoode Lawn

Photo Coverage: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
BWW's Kelly Cameron tries her luck at croquet

Photo Coverage: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND
The view of the Mad Hot Party from Osgoode Lawn

Photo Coverage: The National Ballet of Canada's MAD HOT WONDERLAND

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Kelly Cameron Kelly Cameron's love affair with the theatre began when she was just five years old, on an outing to see the Original Canadian Cast of Les Miserables at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto. She instantly fell in love, and is honoured to be representing the Toronto contingent of BroadwayWorld as Senior Editor overseeing the GTA region.

Her writing career started almost by accident, though it has always been in her blood as her Mom was an English teacher who firmly believed in the importance of being able to turn a phrase. She also loved sharing her love of theatre with her students (and her children), and was a staunch supporter of the arts in Toronto.

When not at the theatre, you can usually find Kelly with a Starbucks in one hand and her BlackBerry in the other, tweeting, reading or doing something quirky and clumsy for the sake of getting that next big story.

She's incredibly grateful to the amazing Toronto theatre community who have embraced her with open arms, giving her the greatest gift a little redheaded theatre geek could ever ask for - getting to be a part of this vibrant arts and culture scene. She may have never had the skills to be on the stage, but is thankful every day she gets to write about the inspiring people who do.

Headshot photo by Racheal McCaig www.rachealmccaigphotography.com


 
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