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Tag: The Nutcracker

Dec.
20th

One more “Nutcracker,” this time from Charisma School of Dance in Lakewood

If you haven’t had your fill of “The Nutcracker” ballet yet, and don’t want the trek (or high prices) of Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, you’ve still got one more choice. This Friday night Charisma School of Dance in Lakewood offers its version of the traditional ballet that’s “sweet and sassy.”

From the press release: “Because Charisma offers styles of dance other than ballet, it was decided to embellish the usual Nutcracker offerings with some appropriate tap, jazz, and hip-hop numbers. Charisma also embellished the plot a bit. Because ballet is so important to the dancer, regardless of style

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Dec.
24th

Critic’s picks: “Black Swan,” PNB’s “Nutcracker,” Light art in Tollefson Plaza and “Shuffle” at Fulcrum

“Black Swan” at The Grand Cinema

For a dark depiction of the masochistic, psychologically brutal side of ballet, you can’t go past “Black Swan,” where Natalie Portman plays a ballerina who loses herself, literally, in the iconic “Swan Lake” lead role. Various times. $8.50/$7.50. The Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett St., Tacoma. 253-593-4474, www.grandcinema.com

Still a “Nutcracker” or two at PNB

Christmas might be almost here but the “Nutcracker” keeps going, at least for Pacific Northwest Ballet. The extravagant Stowell and Sendak production, with its “Where the Wild Things Are”-style sets and imagination, runs through this weekend.

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Dec.
11th

Critic’s Picks: Pantomime at Centerstage, Tacoma City Ballet’s “Nutcracker,” glass sale at HART and art jewelry at Sandpiper

Centerstage Theatre does English panto in “Jack”

Make the trek to Dash Point’s Knutzen Theatre, and you’ll be rewarded with two hours of silly slapstick, funny songs and groanable jokes in Centerstage’s annual pantomime, “Jack and the Beanstalk.” 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 20. $25/$20/$10. Knutzen Family Theatre, 3200 SW Dash Point Road, Federal Way. 253-661-1444, www.centerstagetheatre.com

 It’s back: Tacoma City Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

There are many “Nutcrackers” around town, but this one combines the original Petipa choreography, the Tchaikovsky score played live by the Northwest Sinfonietta, and the glory of the huge

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Dec.
9th

New guest artists, same wonderful sets and dancing at Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “Nutcracker”

PNB-Nutcracker8It’s always a dilemma – do you support local Tacoma ballet companies dancing “The Nutcracker” or do you make the crowded-freeway/nightmare-parking/expensive-ticket trek to the Seattle Center to see the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s highly acclaimed version with sets by Maurice Sendak? This year, I’m trying to do both.

On Saturday night I did PNB. For 23  years now our nationally-famous Seattle company has done this version, and it’s still marvellous. Thanks to the new film of “Where the Wild Things Are,” the sets by kids’ author Maurice Sendak take on a whole new look: the Stahlbaum’s pink-and-blue Rococo Christmas party where Clara gets her Nutcracker toy, the pale snow scene with lacy stage wings, Clara and the Prince’s magical boat trip (with a Wild Thing peering out from behind an island) and finally the lush palace of the Pasha where all those exotic candy dances are performed.

The dancing, too, is always excellent at PNB. Read more »