Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews are going from centre ice to centre stage.

Not only that, but they will be trading their Toronto Maple Leafs uniforms for leotards.

You guessed it, the Leaf stars are headed to the theatre where they will take their talented footwork to the stage when they debut as Cannon Dolls at The National Ballet of Canada’s ‘The Nutcracker.’

The Nation Ballet describes the Cannon Dolls as guest roles, “colorfully costumed Russian Petrouchka dolls who shoot a cannon into the audience to begin the battle scene in Act I.”

That means the duo’s role requires no choreographed dancing. Which is unfortunate as Marner had practice some moves recently, breaking out the ‘make it rain’ dance when William Nylander and he met in the dressing room earlier this week. However, it is possible that both will adlib the role and bust out some moves.

Matthews and Marner are not the first Maple Leafs to make an appearance in the show. Former captain Mats Sundin took the stage in 2007 and legendary netminder Jacques Plante performed back in 1971.

I am sure some of you are already thinking that it would be fun to see the young Leafs pulling off some ballet moves. If you are wondering, the price to see them is roughly the same as seeing them lace the skates at Scotiabank Arena with tickets starting at $85 Canadian.

They are scheduled to perform on December 19 at Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

There is no word is their other father, Patrick Marleau, has given them any advice for their new role, but their Marleau brothers probably want to be there to see them in action.