The Maple Leafs, among with other celebrities, will be performing as Cannon Dolls in the production
Toronto Maple Leafs' Auston Matthews (34) celebrates with teammate Mitchell Marner after scoring a goal. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press) comments
Toronto Maple Leafs forwards Auston Matthews and Mitchell Marner are trading in their jerseys for doll costumes in The Nutcracker.
The two are among the Canadian celebrities set to make cameos as Cannon Dolls in the National Ballet of Canada's production this holiday season.
The ballet company recruits notable personalities every winter to perform the comical roles in each show at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.
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The characters appear onstage 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 notable personalities making guest roles as Cannon Dolls this year include Come From Away co-writers Irene Sankoff and David Hein.
The list also includes Max Kerman and Anthony Carone of the rock group Arkells, author Emma Donoghue, Olympic figure skaters Eric Radford and Dylan Moscovitch, design duo Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan, and pastry chef Anna Olson.