Southwest Washington Dance Center’s performing company, Southwest Washington Dance Ensemble, will present their 24th annual production of the full-length Holiday classic “The Nutcracker”. The ballet will take place in the “state of the art” Corbet Theatre, on the campus of Centralia College, on December 13, 14 & 15. Performance times are 7:30 pm on December 13, 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm on December 14 and 1:00 pm and 5:30 pm on December 15. The 2019 production of “The Nutcracker” includes a cast of over 120 dancers from Southwest Washington Dance Center and children and adults from the Lewis and South Thurston County areas. Local performers with lead roles are Scott Middleton as Heir Drosselmeier; Mark and Sandra Young and Dan Kay and Tabitha Dennison sharing the roles as Mr. & Mrs. Staulbaum, Dan Kay as Mother Ginger and Matt March as the Rat King. Ava Meller and Olivia Yalovskiy share the role of Clara. Dancing principal roles are Brenna Witchey, Isabel Langhaim, Delanie Hill, Angela March, Ava Chrisman, Gracie Ericson, Gideon Newkirk, Tanner Calder, Savanna Bolivar, Julia King, Amanda Brossard and David March.
As always, the ballet is full of new choreography, costumes, and lots of surprises. This year’s production is sure to delight all Nutcracker fans. Even if you have come before, this year’s Nutcracker is not to be missed. The cast is very excited to share this year’s production with a continually supportive community. Each performer brings something special to their part and with over 100 parts in the ballet, there is plenty for the eye and ear to feast on! It’s a magical experience for the whole family.
One does not need to drive to Seattle or Portland to see a wonderful Nutcracker. This production truly rivals the big city productions with handmade costumes and sets created by gifted local artists. A faithful group of volunteers labor on costumes, props, all the behind the scene jobs and serves as the technical crew.
This event is a major source of income for Southwest Washington Dance Center. As a 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization, they depend upon grants and fund raisers to help meet their budget. This year so far, SWDC has received major sponsorships for Nutcracker from Advocate Printing, Shelton Structures Inc, The Chronicle, KITI/Live 95, Security State Bank, John L. Scott Realty, McGregor Auto & Muffler, Callisons, Christina Gill, Traci Hall and Dave’s Dry Cleaning. Many other area businesses and individuals have also contributed to making “The Nutcracker” a success.
Ticket prices are: $24.00-Adults
$16.00-Seniors 62+, Military and children, 18 and under
Tickets are available online at swwdance.org or by stopping by or calling the Dance Center at 360-748-4789. SWDC is located at 437 N. Market Blvd. in Chehalis. After December 8th, tickets will only be available online, at the box office of Corbet Theatre on the campus of Centralia College from the hours of 2:00-8:00 pm or by telephone. All seating is reserved. Two special ticket deals are available this year. Tickets will be sold for the Thursday December 12 dress rehearsal as a “Pay What You Can”. Tickets will be sold only at the door beginning at 5:00 pm. The performance will begin at 6:30 pm. A special family rate will be offered at the Sunday, December 16, 5:30 pm performance. For every 4 tickets purchased you will receive one free. Tickets for the family special rate can be purchased online. For groups over 10, a group rate is available through the Dance Center office. Accessible seating is also sold through the Dance Center.
For information regarding the Nutcracker Ballet visit the web site at www.swwdance.org or call 360-748-4789.