What do the Toronto Raptors and the National Ballet of Canada have in common? Certainly not a lot, however, the two did join forces last night to help bring The Nutcracker to life. Kyle Lowry and Matt Thomas took their talents to the theatre on Thursday night, performing as Cannon Dolls in the ballet’s production of the Christmas classic.
It probably would’ve been enough just to have the two Raptors appear in the background of the production, but true to their nature, they left it all on the stage.
Lowry and Thomas hopped, giggled, and danced their way through a believable performance of the toys, which must’ve been quite the sight for basketball fans in the audience who were unaware of the cameo they were about to witness.
In fact, the boys were so good that some members of the audience even called for an encore. Although judging by the videos they posted of themselves after their performance, the NBA stars didn’t seem too keen on going back out.
I mean, who can blame them? They already knocked it out of the park the first time!
Raptors fans couldn’t get enough of seeing their heroes all dolled-up, literally, with many going on to praise their acting.
“I’m sure Lowry’s sons are so proud of him,” wrote one user.
“Will need performances like this on the hardwood, the whole roster's in the ER," added another.
@Raptors @Klow7 @Theiceman_21 @nationalballet I feel a Tony award coming 😂— marie hollaway (@marie hollaway)1576814165.0
So a couple of my girlfriends and I went to a viewing of The Nutcracker✨💂🏼♂️ last evening and out of nowhere Kyle… https://t.co/MKcgHYXhtV— ⚡️jorielle nunag🙌🏽 (@⚡️jorielle nunag🙌🏽)1576849490.0
@Raptors @Klow7 @Theiceman_21 How can you not love Kyle Lowry?— Joyce Nowocin (@Joyce Nowocin)1576805902.0
@Raptors @Klow7 @Theiceman_21 Ballet is hard right guys ??? Good job .— Jessica (@Jessica)1576810747.0
Thankfully, nobody was injured during the production.
It would’ve been awful to lose Lowry and Thomas, especially while Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol, and Norman Powell are all out indefinitely with injuries.
Game day attire 😂 @Klow7 | @Theiceman_21 https://t.co/RbBCdcas1s— Toronto Raptors (@Toronto Raptors)1576802426.0
Moment: Nutcracker Open Gym presented by @Bell https://t.co/2oj40HWd4n— Toronto Raptors (@Toronto Raptors)1576859109.0
Toronto Maple Leafs stars Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews appeared as the same roles as their Raptors counterparts during last year's production.
It’s not unusual for celebrities to participate in The Nutcracker.
Mark Scheifele and Jacob Trouba played a role in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet two years ago, during Trouba’s time with the Winnipeg Jets.