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Kitsap goes nuts for the Nutcracker | Kitsap Week

Clara is played by Robyn Harvey, an 8th grader at Poulsbo Middle School, in Irene
Clara is played by Robyn Harvey, an 8th grader at Poulsbo Middle School, in Irene's School of Dance's production of 'The Nutcracker' in Silverdale.
— image credit: Irene's School of Dance

Rowan Catel and Alexis Weisbarth began their roles in “The Nutcracker” as baby mice. The two Central Kitsap High School seniors were 6 and 7 years old, respectively, said InMotion owner Christine Price.

The two have climbed the ballet ladder. In InMotion’s production of “The Nutcracker” this year, Catel plays the Snow Queen. Weisbarth plays the Rose Queen and an Arabian. Nov. 25 will be their last performance with InMotion.

“It will be an emotional show,” Price said.

“The Nutcracker” will be performed throughout Kitsap in November and December.

InMotion Performing Arts Studio has the first showing Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. in the North Kitsap Auditorium. The performance is presented by Dance Ensemble Northwest, InMotion's ballet extension.

The performance funds Dance Ensemble, with 100 percent of money going back. It’s the only fundraiser the Ensemble does all year, Price said. Everyone performing in the production is in-house, even the male roles, which are often filled by people from Seattle, Price said.

The costumes are all handmade; work begins on the costumes in June. Price said, for example, a tutu takes about 60 hours to create.  “The costumes are very detailed and clearly have a lot of love put into them,” Price said.

The production sticks to the traditional storyline, but changes each year, with varied choreography and cast.

Clara, the main character, is played by Libby Engelland, 12.

InMotion and Dance Ensemble Northwest will continue its performances of “The Nutcracker” Nov. 24, 3 and 7 p.m.; and Nov. 25, 3 p.m. at North Kitsap Auditorium.

This is the 17th year of the performance at the auditorium, which will be changed into a “winter wonderland,” Price said. Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors and students, and can be purchased online at brownpapertickets.com/event/283142, or at the InMotion studio, 20101 Front St., Poulsbo.

Lead dancers/characters Clara: Libby EngellandRat King: Ben StalkerRose Queen: Alexis WeisbarthSnow Cavalier: Tyler SorensenNutcracker Price: Caleb AdamsSugar Plum Fairy: Emma EngellandSnow Queen: Rowan Catel

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If North Kitsap is too far of a drive, here are three additional opportunities to catch a performance of “The Nutcracker” in Central Kitsap:

Dance Arts Theater is celebrating its 25th anniversary of “The Nutcracker” performances. Performances will be held Nov. 24-25 in the Bremerton High School Performing Arts Center. Show times: Nov. 24, 7 p.m.; and Nov. 25, 2 p.m.

Guest dancers include Lindsi Dec, soloist with Pacific Northwest Ballet, who will perform the Snow Pas de Deux and the Sugar Plum Fairy; and Karel Cruz, principal dancer with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, who will perform the Snow Pas de Deux and the Cavalier.

Lead dancers/characters
Clara: Robyn Harvey (eighth-grader at Poulsbo Middle School)
Franz: Madison Thompson (sixth-grader at Sidney Glen Elementary)
Drosselmeyer: Martin Newhard
Snow Princess: Darla Balbarona (junior at Central Kitsap High School)
Lead Angels: Jordan Black (sophomore at Central Kitsap High School), Courtney McKee (sophomore at Olympic High School)
Arabian Princess: Elisha Claghorn (senior at Bremerton High School)
Marzipan Shepherdess: Krystal Jimenez (senior at Bremerton High School)
Waltz of Flowers Dew Drops: Shannon Sandy (junior at North Kitsap High School), Mekenzie Thompson (junior at Klahowya Secondary School).

Tickets are $15. Seniors, students and children younger than 18 are $10. Prices for the reserved section are $18 if reserved, $20 at the door. General tickets available at brownpapertickets.com, Evergreen General Store, or Silverdale Chamber of Commerce. Reserved and general tickets available at Irene’s School of Dance. Group rates are available for organizations.

For more information, call (360) 692-4395 or go to irenesdance.com.

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Peninsula Dance Theatre presents its 39th season of “The Nutcracker.”

The performance is accompanied by the Peninsula Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Alan Futterman, at the Bremerton High School Performing Arts Center. Performances are Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 2, 1 and 3 p.m.

Lead dancers/characters
Clara: Rachael Spear
Nutcracker Prince: Cory Ogdahl
Fritz: Malcolm Cisler
Sugar Plum Fairy: Sophie Robertson
Snow Queen: Sena Anderson
Snow King: Jovian Fry

Tickets are $18 for adults, $14 for students/seniors, $12 children. Reserved seating is $25. Family (group) tickets $60. Tickets are available at the theater box office, 515 Chester Ave., Bremerton.

For more information, call (360) 377-6214 or go to www.peninsuladancetheatre.org.

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The Galletta School of Dance and Performing Arts will perform “The Nutcracker” for the first time since the studio opened seven years ago.

Lynn Galletta said the original English version of the play will be performed.

The performance will be at Silverdale Community Theater. Galletta said it will be “immersion theater," where everything from the stage to the entrance will be decorated.

The Galletta School's performance is the last to be shown. Performances are Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 22, 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Lead dancers/characters
Clara: Emily Ward
Fritz: Tristan Wolff
Drosselmeyer: Issak Hammers
Nutcracker: Justin Symes
Mouse King: Katelyn Casella
Snow Queen: Sofia Svensson
Snow King: Ben Staker
Sugar Plum Fairy:  Chelsea Mathews

Tickets are $14 adults, $12 seniors, $8 children and younger, on sale at the door or in advance at The Galletta School of Dance, 19351 8th Ave. NE, Poulsbo.

For more information, call (360) 779-1122 or go to www.gallettadance.com.

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