‘The Nutcracker’ staged as Clallam County adventure

PORT ANGELES — Ballet Workshop’s all-original staging of “The Nutcracker” returns as what organizers call “the family event of the holiday,” joining together more than 90 local ballet students, theatrical performers and principal dancers from the Oregon Ballet Theater.

Tickets are on sale for the production planned for 7 p.m. Dec. 2 and 2 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Port Angeles High School Performing Arts Center, 304 E. Park Ave.

Tickets cost from $15 to $35, depending on seating. Those 14 and younger pay $10. Tickets are available at Joyful Noise Music in Sequim, Port Book and News in Port Angeles or online at jffa.org.

Set in the 1895 depression in Clallam County in the foothills of Hurricane Ridge, the story tells of the adventure of young Marie and her brother, Frank.

The story begins with Marie, Frank and farmboy James preparing for the arrival of their guests.

Musicians, entertainers and family friends begin to arrive from all over town, bringing seasonal house-warming gifts.

The festivities end as midnight snow begins to fall and Marie and Frank are taken on a journey with the Nutcracker Prince, dreaming of a fairy-tale land where sugar plums dance and lavender sparkles in every field.

Set to Tchaikovsky’s traditional “Nutcracker” score, this home-grown production pays tribute to the rich history of life on the Olympic Peninsula at the turn of the century.

Locally crafted costumes will grace the production. Hand-painted backdrops will portray the Olympics and lavender fields of Clallam County.

The performance is presented by Ballet Workshop and the Juan de Fuca Foundation.

For more information, see jffa.org.

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