Music, dance, drama, art presented on Peninsula

Entertainment ranges from dance to music to dramatic presentations this week.

• The Nutcracker will be performed by Ballet Workshop dancers at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Port Angeles Performing Arts Center, 304 E. Park.

Tickets are on sale on the Juan de Fuca Foundation for the Arts website at https://jffa.org/ for $38 (premium); $28 (standard); $18 (economy); $15 (students ages 18-21 with valid ID); $10 (youth 17 and under). Tickets are $5 more at the door.

Just fewer than 100 Ballet Workshop students ages 3 to 18 will be dancing — some of whom will perform five different parts.

• The Best Christmas Pageant Ever will take the stage at Olympic Theatre Arts, 414 N. Sequim Ave., beginning today. The comedy Christmas play will be performed at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 18, with tickets costing $20 for general admission and $15 for students.

Tickets are available online at olympictheatrearts.org, by calling the box office at 360- 683-7326 between 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or at the box office.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is based on the book by Barbara Robinson. A couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids — probably the most inventively awful kids in history, play organizers said.

• Port Townsend Symphony Orchestra will present a concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, with an open dress rehearsal at 7 tonight at the Chimacum High School auditorium, 91 West Valley Road.

Attendees are strongly encouraged to wear a high-quality mask for both the concert and the dress rehearsal. This is a free concert, with donations welcome. More information is available on the orchestra website, ptsymphony.org.

• The Very Short Play Festival, original 10-minute-or-less plays by students in Peninsula College’s Intro to Theatre class, premieres at 12:30 p.m. today.

The free performances will be in the Little Theater on the Port Angeles campus, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd. The event is free to Peninsula College students, with a suggested donation of $10 for the general public. All proceeds fund the college’s Scholarship for Drama, awarded each year to one qualifying college thespian.

• First Friday Art Walk in Sequim is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight. Juan de Fuca Harmony will sing Christmas songs and carols around downtown Sequim during the art walk, which is a monthly free, self-guided tour of venues in Sequim that spotlights activities in town.

Each walk has a color theme. For December, the theme is gold “and all that glimmers brightly,” according to organizer Renne Emiko Brock. For more information, see SequimArtWalk.com.

• Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony is set for 5 p.m. today at the Sequim Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar St.

It will feature a tree decorated with ornaments created by local fourth-grade students. Included will be a reading of some of the messages the students have written about the theme, “What Brings Me Joy.”

• The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley, a dramatic sequel to Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” will be performed beginning tonight and continuing through Dec. 18 at the Port Angeles Community Playhouse, 1235 E. Lauridsen Blvd. Curtains will rise at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Tuesdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets can be purchased at https://pacp.ludus.com/index.php.

First Friday lecture by Ernesto Alvarado will be on “Why is the Pacific Northwest experiencing more large fires?” at 7 p.m. tonight.

Alvarado’s hybrid lecture is in the Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water St., Port Townsend. The presentation is part of the Jefferson County Historical Society’s First Friday Speaker series Fire and Firefighting.

The suggested donation for the program is $10. In-person attendance is limited to 20 people who must show proof of vaccination against COVID-19. Tickets can be purchased at https://jchsmuseum.simpletix.com. For more information, visit www.jchs museum.org.

Future of Oceans series will present Neil Harrington discussing a “2022 update on the status of the invasive European green crab in Washington state” at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Harrington will speak at the chapel on Fort Worden, on Fort Worden Way near W Street in Port Townsend.

The free lecture is part of the center’s Future of Oceans series.

Harrington is an environmental biologist with the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe.

For more information and Zoom meeting links, visit www.ptmsc.org.

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