Alante Photography The Nutcracker Prince dances in the 2015 production of Olympic Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker.” The story is on stage again this weekend at the Everett Performing Arts Center.

Alante Photography The Nutcracker Prince dances in the 2015 production of Olympic Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker.” The story is on stage again this weekend at the Everett Performing Arts Center.

Olympic Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ staged in Everett, Edmonds

Without doubt, the Edmonds-based Olympic Ballet Theatre offers the best “Nutcracker” north of the King-Snohomish county line.

Led by artistic directors Mara Vinson and Oleg Gorboulev, a married team of former Pacific Northwest Ballet dancers, the nonprofit company has established an exciting version of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.”

The full-length traditional ballet will be performed in Everett this weekend: at 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 10; and 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave.

After the weekend in Everett, the company returns to Edmonds for performances at 7 p.m. Dec. 16, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 17, and 5 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N.

For tickets, which range in price, go to or phone 425-774-7570. Last year, most of the performances sold out, so don’t delay.

Company dancers with special roles in Olympic Ballet’s “Nutcracker” include Charles Gordon, Christine Hamstra, Arashi Kunita, Kyohel Masaoka, Miri Orido, Beatrix Paulay, Mana Sasaki, Riho Shimada and Mayuka Takamura.

As the ballet opens, preparations are being made at the home of Clara’s parents for their annual Christmas Eve party. After all the guests have arrived, Clara’s uncle, Herr Drosselmeyer arrives, bringing presents to all the children and entertaining with human-sized mechanical dolls. Drosselmeyer has a special gift for Clara, a nutcracker doll.

After the party, Clara curls up with her nutcracker doll and falls asleep. She dreams about a Christmas tree that grows, fighting armies of mice and toy soldiers, dancing snowflakes and her own transformation from a girl into a young woman who dances with the Nutcracker Prince. They journey to the Land of the Sweets, where Spanish, Arabian, Chinese and Russian dancers are joined by waltzing flowers and a larger-than-life Mother Ginger.

Talk to us

More in Life

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay walks into the Prohibition Grille along Hewitt Avenue in Everett Wednesday Dec. 5, 2012 while reportedly filming an episode of Kitchen Nightmares at the Everett restaurant. (Mark Mulligan / The Herald)
Even more films and TV shows filmed in Snohomish County

Readers point out projects previously missed in this series, from reality television to low-budget indie films.

Daniella Beccaria / for The Herald

15-month-old Kantu attempts to climb a pumpkin at Stocker Farms in Snohomish on Sunday, September 20th, 2015. Stocker Farms offers a U-pick patch, farm animals and a corn maze.
Best pumpkin patch in Snohomish County

You voted, we tallied, here are the results.

The city of Mukilteo is having a naming contest for its new $75,000 RC Mowers R-52, a remote-operated robotic mower. (Submitted photo)
Mukilteo muncher: Name the $75,000 robot mower

The city is having a naming contest for its new sod-slaying, hedge-hogging, forest-clumping, Mr-mow-it-all.

Local musician Alex Johnston, whose newest album "Daylight Fooldream" pairs with short film he made with help from his partner Mikaela Henderson, sits with his morning coffee on Friday, Sept. 15, 2023, at Narrative Coffee in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Folktronica musician shoots 37-minute visual album on iPhone in Everett

Alex Johnston, 31, describes his music as ”if Coldplay and Bon Iver had a love child.”

Death of parent with child. Piece of paper with parents and children is torn in half.
Helping children cope with the hard realities of divorce

I’s important to set aside one’s feelings and find a way to make this challenging transition as comfortable for children as you can.

In Belgium, each type of beer has its own glass – whether wide, tall, or fluted – to show off its distinct qualities.
Rick Steves’ Europe: Bruges brews lift a weary traveler’s spirits

The Belgian city is a mecca for beer lovers from around the world.

Children’s author Barbara Herkert to lead Story Time at Edmonds Bookshop, Friday September 29th, 9:30-10:00 am!
Author to read her new kids book at Edmonds bookstore

Author Barbara Herkert will read “This Old Madrone Tree” Friday at Edmonds Bookshop.

Can he get the fare difference refunded after he was downgraded?

American Airlines downgrades Thomas Sennett and his family to economy class on their flights from Boston to Phoenix. Why isn’t it refunding the fare difference?

From left, Elora Coble, Carol Richmond, David Hayes, Karli Reinbold, Giovanna Cossalter Walters, Landon Whitbread in a scene from Edmonds Driftwood Players' production of "Murder on the Orient Express." (Dale Sutton / Magic Photography)
Music, theater and more: What’s happening in Snohomish County

Edmonds Driftwood Players opens its 65th season with Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express.”

Photo caption: Back-to-school is an ideal time to pick up new habits that help your family reduce waste and learn about resource conservation.
Go green this back-to-school season

It’s an ideal time for the entire family to learn the three Rs — Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

Some collectibles are found in nature; some imitate them. If it weren’t for the attached figure, this Royal Dux porcelain vase might pass for a real conch shell.
This shell-shaped vase would make a fine souvenir of summer fun

It may not be a real shell, but this art nouveau piece could still evoke fond memories of days at the beach.

Arlington Garden Club celebrating its 90th anniversary

The club has monthly programs for north Snohomish County gardeners and awards scholarships to area students.