The Nutcracker Ballet

Southwest Washington Dance Center’s performing company, Southwest Washington Dance Ensemble, will present their 19th 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 12, 13 and 14.  Performance times are 7:30 pm on December 12, 2:00pm and 7:30 pm on December 13 and 1:00 pm and 5:30 pm on December 14. The 2014 production of “The Nutcracker” is under the direction of Danielle Brosco. The Dance Ensemble is made up of over 100 dancers from Southwest Washington Dance Center and children and adults from the Lewis County area.  Local performers with lead roles are Scott Middleton as Heir Drosselmeier; Mark and Sandra Young as Mr. & Mrs. Staulbaum and Trent Vlach as Mother Ginger.  Harley Luque and Ashley Wink share the role of Clara.  Dancing principal roles are:  Ciara Kimball, Victoria Rodriguez, , Tanner Calder, James Iselin,  Madison Hall, Marisa Hall, Emma Stehr, RuthAnn Swart, Kaitlin Davis Julia Dallas and Christina Hill.

This year especially, the ballet is full of new choreography, costumes, and lots of surprises.  Under the directorship of Brosco, this year’s production is sure to delight all Nutcracker fans. There are new choreographers producing the large ensemble pieces of Snow and Flowers. Even if you have come before, this year’s Nutcracker is one 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.  Under the direction of Wendy Hill, costume mistress, a group of volunteers have created new costumes that debut this year.  Be sure and watch for the new Snow Scene costumes. With the help of 14 sponsors, they have created 14 beautiful new romantic tutus. Another faithful group of volunteers labor on additional 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 non-profit organization, they depend upon grants and fund raisers to help meet their budget.  This year so far, SWDC has received major sponsorships from Advocate Printing, Gary & Dora Swart, Shelton Structures, Inc, RLD Company, The Chronicle, KITI/Live 95, and John L. Scott Real Estate.  Many other area businesses and individuals have also contributed to making “The Nutcracker” a success.

Ticket prices are:                     $22.00-Adults

$15.00-Seniors 62+ and children, 18 and under

Tickets are available online at or by stopping by or calling the Dance Center at 360-748-4789. SWDC is located at 455 N. Market Blvd. in Chehalis.  After December 7th, tickets will only be available online, at the box office of Corbet Theatre on the campus of Centralia College from the hours of 1:00-8:00 pm or by telephone.  All seating is reserved. Two special ticket deals are available this year. Tickets will be sold for the Thursday December 11 dress rehearsal as a “Pay What You Can”. Tickets will be sold only at the door beginning at 4:30 pm. The performance will begin at 6:00 pm. A special family rate will be offered at the Sunday, December 14, 5:30 pm performance. For every 4 tickets purchased you will receive one free. Tickets for the family special rate must be purchased at Southwest Washington Dance Center.

For information regarding the Nutcracker Ballet visit the web site at or call 360-748-4789.

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