Olympic Ballet freshens up The Nutcracker

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Nutcracker

Olympic Ballet Theatre's traditional performances of The Nutcracker have entertained audiences in the north end for over 30 years. Yet this year's production will hold some special surprises for those who return year after year to enjoy the show. Artistic Directors Oleg Gorboulev and Mara Vinson, former leading dancers of the Moscow Classical Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet, bring their professional expertise to the stage with a brand new Party Scene and Battle Scene in the first act, as well as a sparkling new backdrop designed by scenic artist Jeanne Franz for the second act. 

“We premiered new choreography for the second act as well as the Snow Scene at the end of the first act in 2011, our first year directing OBT, and felt that it was time to complete the staging of the entire ballet for this year’s performances,” notes Vinson.

The new staging includes a bigger, busier, more “involved” battle scene: more rats and soldiers, including the addition of a squad of Little Soldiers - young dancers chosen directly from Olympic Ballet School, the professional level school affiliated with OBT. Indeed all children involved in the production are students of the school that have auditioned for coveted roles in The Nutcracker, and some roles have multiple casts that alternate performances.

There will be more rats in this year's production

Though there are updates to this year’s The Nutcracker, OBT patrons can rest assured that the ballet remains a traditional portrayal of Clara’s magical dream on Christmas Eve. The holiday season is built on tradition and audiences can choose from 12 performances to attend this year, including 4 abridged matinees. The family-favorite production is highly anticipated, with ticket requests beginning as early as June!

Performances will be held for two weekends, December 13-22, opening at the Everett Performing Arts Center, and concluding at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. Tickets and more information here or call the OBT box office at 425-774-7570 Monday-Friday 11am-3pm. 

Housed in the historic Frances Anderson Cultural Center in Edmonds, Olympic Ballet Theatre is widely recognized as Snohomish County’s Premiere Ballet Company.  With its affiliated and professionally oriented ballet school, Olympic Ballet School, Olympic Ballet Theatre has been promoting dance as a creative performing art and engaging the widest possible audiences with a stimulating repertoire of classical, contemporary and dramatic ballets for over thirty years.


Anonymous,  December 3, 2013 at 10:55 PM  

I look forward to enjoying Olympic Ballet Theatre's Nutcracker performance again this year!

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