Annual performance of ‘Nutcracker’ set for Dec. 8

The Eugene Ballet Company once again presents “The Nutcracker,” in two stunning performances at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8, in Beasley Coliseum. Presented by Festival Dance & Performing Arts, “The Nutcracker” is a Palouse holiday tradition.

Designed by Disney scenic artist, Don Carson and choreographed by Eugene Ballet artistic director, Toni Pimble, the ballet is a world favorite. It tells the story of a young girl, Clara, who is taken on a magical journey by the Nutcracker Prince after he saves her from an attack from an army of mice led by the Mouse King.

“The Nutcracker” also provides an opportunity for up to 80 Festival Dance Academy students to perform with the company. Ballet students dance the parts of the party children, angels, beetles, ladybugs, soldiers, flowers and baby mice.

“We are very fortunate to be able to provide this opportunity for our students,” said Festival Dance executive director, Micki Panttaja.

Tickets — on sale at Beasley, The Depot, UI North Campus Center and all TicketsWest outlets — are $22/$16 adults, $16/$10 students and $12/$8 for children 12 and under. Seats in the first seven rows are $28. Local sponsors are Adelphia Digital Cable and “The Lewiston Morning Tribune.”

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