The Nutcracker Ballet, hosted by Ballet Forest Grove, began performing at Pacific University in December 2007. Within two years the success of the performance was moved to Forest Grove High School Performing Arts Ellen Stevens Auditorium, to accommodate more seating and surprising theatrical sets. It has become a tradition to hold the performances the 2nd weekend every December, with both matinee and evenings show times.
We invite you to bring your family to enjoy this classic winter story set in the 1800’s, Germany, and music from Tchaikovsky, of a young girl “Clara” who falls asleep after a wonderful Christmas party. Her dream carries her away beginning with the Nutcracker and troops coming to life and protecting her from the awful King Mouse and band of mice. Dancing snowflakes carry the two away to a magical place where a Sugarplum fairy brings candies from all over the world and a garden of flowers to life.
Performers are mainly 250 youth from local surrounding communities from the ages of 5 to 18 with a dozen adults and a large volunteer backstage crew to support the amazing performances. Students develop and gain confidence in performing in this a non-professional program from dance skills learned at the local dance studio and further acquire appreciation for the Arts. In addition, non-company students are invited per policy, to dance in smaller parts or limited show times due to various ages and dance ability of the students. Finally, her passion and creativity from the local Director-Choreographer, Patty Petersen, will keep you surprised every year you come, as the magic of Clara’s dream grows. Make attending the Ballet Forest Grove Nutcracker a fun family tradition each year.
Due to the ages of performers, and time of year, only four performances will be available. Watch for tickets sale dates and online purchase link, early November and get your seats before they sell out. See the Ticket/Venue Tab.