The Curse of Clara: A Holiday Tale Comes to Niagara Falls History Museum

Niagara Falls, ON, December 12, 2016 - Niagara Falls History Museum is delighted to announce the screening of The Curse of Clara: A Holiday Tale, with local author, Vickie Fagan, as part of its Thursday Night @ The Museum series on December 15, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.

The Curse of Clara: A Holiday Tale is centered on a 12-year-old girl named Vickie, growing up in Niagara Falls, Ontario.  Vickie, an aspiring ballet star, is accepted into the prestigious National Ballet School and selected to play “Clara” in the Company’s holiday production of The Nutcracker. Unfortunately that’s when Vickie finds out about the mysterious “Curse of Clara”, which threatens to derail everything. Thankfully, she’s got a good friend, the 1972 Canada-Russia Summit Hockey Series and an imaginary mentor (in the form of Phil Esposito) to keep her “on pointe.”

This heartwarming tale was first televised on CBC-TV as part of its holiday programming in December of 2015.   Inspired by the autobiographical short story The Curse of Clara or My Big Fat Disappointment by Vickie Fagan, the 30-minute special is set against the backdrop of The National Ballet of Canada’s The Nutcracker and the 1972 Summit Series, a Canada-USSR showdown that shaped hockey history.

“Playing Clara was every girl’s dream,” says Fagan, “Among the stars of the company playing the Sugar Plum Fairy that year were Karen Kain and Veronica Tennant. It’s a plus that Kain does the voice of her own character, while Esposito does his voice, and that Tennant was a key figure in the film as a producer and creative consultant.” 

Join local author and producer, Vickie Fagan for this screening of The Curse of Clara: A Holiday Tale Thursday, December 15, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. at Niagara Falls History Museum, 5810 Ferry Street, Niagara Falls.

For more information, contact:

Clark Bernat, City of Niagara Falls, Manager of Museums & Culture
Phone: 905-358-5082 Email: 

Posted on: 12/12/2016 2:17 PM - Category: Media Releases