Article Courtesy of Oregon Coast Dance Center
Photos by Jenny Bocko
Capture the magic of the holiday season with Oregon Coast Dance Center’s 11th annual, “The Nutcracker”. Performances will be held Friday December 15th at 7:00 pm and Saturday December 16th at 2:00 pm, in the Tillamook High School Don Whitney Auditorium.
Dancers from ages 3 – 65 years of age will be performing this holiday classic. Lisa Greiner, owner of Oregon Coast Dance Center said “It’s been really fun to work on this show throughout the years. The community gets to see these kids grow up and work their way into larger roles. For example, Rivers our Nutcracker Prince, and Bethany our Adult Clara, have been dancing together since they were 3 years old. This year they have two of the lead roles and perform a pas de deux at the end of the show. They’ve been a great inspiration for the younger dancers.”
A wonderful Christmas tradition, “The Nutcracker” is a magical story where a young girl falls asleep after a Christmas Eve party at her house. As she sleeps, she dreams herself into a fantastical world where her beloved Nutcracker comes to life and defends her from the Mouse King. The Nutcracker Prince takes her to the Kingdom of Sweets where she is greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy, and characters from different countries dance and present her with gifts. At the end of the night, she wakes up back at her house and wonders if it was real…or just a dream?
These performances serve as a fundraiser for Oregon Coast Dance Center’s not-for-profit Performance Group. Admission is $5/person at the door, doors open at 6:30 pm on Friday and 1:30 pm on Saturday.
Oregon Coast Dance Center has been offering dance and the performing arts in Tillamook county since 1975, with locations in Tillamook and Nehalem. For more info visit www.oregoncoastdancecenter.com or call 503-842-7447.