A princely ‘Nutcracker’

  • <br>Enterprise staff
  • Thursday, February 28, 2008 6:20am

Olympic Ballet Theatre of Edmonds presents the company’s annual performance of “The Nutcracker” holiday ballet over three weekends in December.

This lively, family-oriented production makes the holiday season come alive and leaves everyone with a magical memory to cherish. Beautiful snowflakes, the sparkling Sugarplum Fairy, a wonderful Mother Ginger with her little buffoons, a Christmas tree that grows before your eyes, and a booming cannon all add to the delight of this ballet.

Performances take place Saturday, Dec. 13 and Sunday, Dec. 14 with the Everett Symphony Orchestra at the Everett Civic Auditorium; Saturday, Dec. 20 and Sunday, Dec. 21 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts; and Saturday, Dec. 27 and Sunday, Dec. 28 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.

Twelve-year-old Megan Camper of Olympic Ballet was chosen among a flood of local dancers for the role of Clara in the “Nutcracker” segment of this year’s Radio City Christmas Show in Seattle. Megan will be sharing the role of Clara in Olympic Ballet Theatre’s production of “The Nutcracker” with Lauren Falk.

The Sugarplum Fairy, the enduring symbol of Clara’s magical journey into the Land of Sweets, is Viktoria Titova, a former member of Stars of the Bolshoi and currently the Artistic Director of Ballet Bellevue.

Her Cavalier is choreographer and dancer Daniel Wilkins, formerly with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Donald Byrd/The Group. He is currently director of New York City’s danielandsomesuperfriends and Associate Artistic Director with Olympic Ballet Theatre.

Guest artists include Michael Wojack, a long time OBT student and dancer who has performed in a variety of OBT productions including “The Nutcracker,” “Giselle,” and “Swan Lake”; Julia Wilkins, dancer with Donald Byrd, Spectrum, danielandsomesuperfriends, and Martha Clarke performing at the New York Theatre Workshop, The Kennedy Center, and with New York City Opera at Lincoln Center; Bryon Brill, whose studies include full scholarships at Joffrey Ballet, San Antonio, San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Austin, and most recently completed performances of Sleeping Beauty with Ballet Bellevue; and John Yingling, who has danced many seasons on OBT’s production of The Nutcracker.

A special one-hour matinee of The Nutcracker for schools and groups is sold out, but seats are available for the Dec. 19 school group performance at the Edmonds Center for the Arts at 10:30 a.m. Included is “The Magic of Theatre” a presentation on staging, lights, costuming, masks, and props. Tickets are $5 each for groups of 20 or more. Contact Olympic Ballet Theatre 425-774-7570 for matinee reservations.

Tickets for the full-length performances range in price from $12 to $32. Tickets for the Everett performance may be purchased through the Everett Symphony Orchestra by calling 425-257-8382 or online at www.symphonyorchestra.org.

Tickets for the Edmonds and Bellevue performances are on sale now at the Olympic Ballet Theatre office in the Frances Anderson Cultural Center, 700 Main St., Edmonds, or by calling 425-774-7570 and at Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 206-292-ARTS.

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