Get into holiday spirit with ‘The Nutcracker’

‘The Nutcracker’

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3

Where: Port Angeles High School Performing Arts Center, 304 E. Park Ave., Port Angeles

Tickets: $15-$35 (Youths 14 and younger, $10); available at Joyful Noise Music (Sequim), Port Book and News (Port Angeles) or online at jffa.org

More info: jffa.org

Ballet Workshop’s all-original staging of “The Nutcracker” returns to Port Angeles on Dec. 2-3 for what organizers call “the family event of the holiday.” More than 90 local ballet students join theatrical performers and principal dancers from the prestigious Oregon Ballet Theater.

Set in the great depression of Clallam County in 1895, this original story follows the adventure of young Marie and her brother, Frank. As the story begins, set in the foothills of Hurricane Ridge, Marie, Frank and farm boy James are preparing for the arrival of their guests. Musicians, entertainers and family friends begin to arrive from all over town, bringing seasonal house-warming gifts.

The festivities end as midnight snow begins to fall and Marie and Frank are taken on a journey with the Nutcracker Prince, dreaming of a fairy-tale land where sugar plums dance and lavender sparkles in every field.

Set to Tchaikovsky’s traditional “Nutcracker” score, this home-grown production pays tribute to the rich history of life on the Olympic Peninsula at the turn of the century. See locally-crafted costumes as well as hand-painted backdrops of the Olympics and lavender fields of Clallam County.

This event is presented by Ballet Workshop and the Juan de Fuca Foundation. See jffa.org.