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A holiday favorite approaches

Dancers rehearse for “The Nutcracker,” which will be performed next weekend at the Open Space for Arts & Community.  - Mike Urban Photo
Dancers rehearse for “The Nutcracker,” which will be performed next weekend at the Open Space for Arts & Community.
— image credit: Mike Urban Photo

Troupes of young dancers are in final rehearsals for this year’s staging of “The Nutracker” to be presented by the Vashon Allied Arts Center for Dance Dec. 6 through 8 at the Open Space for Arts & Community.

This year’s production of the popular ballet will include re-choreographed scenes, elaborate sets, new costumes and a decadent candy shop in the lobby of the Open Space.

Meg Sayre, who danced as the Sugar Plum Fairy last year, will reprise that role, as well as take on the role of the Snow Queen. Sam Opsal, a Cornish College senior, will play the roles of Snow Prince and Cavalier. Quinn McTighe will dance as the Nutcracker Prince, and Stephen Floyd, Vashon High School’s drama teacher, will play Drosselmeyer.

The show will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6; 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7; and 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Open Space for Arts & Community.

A pre-show reception with Adam Stern, music director of the Seattle Philharmonic, will be at 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, before the 7 p.m. show. An abridged and narrated children’s matinee will take place at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6.

Tickets, $14 for for VAA members, youth and seniors, and $16 general, are available at the Blue Heron, the Heron’s Nest and at www.vashonalliedarts.org. Tickets to the children’s matinee are $5.

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