2016-11-24 / Making it at Home

Ogunquit Performing Arts presents Portland Ballet in excerpts from "The Victorian Nutcracker" on Dec. 4

Ogunquit Performing Arts celebrates the holiday season 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Dunaway Center, 23 School St., Ogunquit, with a dance performance by the Portland Ballet, featuring excerpts from "The Victorian Nutcracker," the company's magical production of Tchaikovsky's most popular holiday ballet.

“The Victorian Nutcracker” opens in Portland Dec. 17.

Sasha Yapparov, director of the Portland School of Ballet CORPS program, will talk about this beloved ballet and the technique and training required to perform it. Children are welcome and will be invited from the audience to chat with the dancers and try out a few dance steps.

The first concert presentation of “The Nutcracker” in 1892 was a great success, although the ballet itself took considerably longer to take hold. Over the years, however, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and the music to which she danced, has ensured “The Nutcracker” as the favorite Christmas presentation of ballet companies around the world.

The Portland Ballet’s production of “The Victorian Nutcracker” recreates the interior of Portland’s Victoria Mansion and interprets Tchaikovsky’s score through stories of Portland’s nineteenth-century families. This performance is unique among Nutcracker performances across the nation.

Ogunquit Performing Arts and Portland Ballet have enjoyed a long history of collaboration, as OPA has presented many performances by the company in Ogunquit over the years.

This family-friendly “sneak preview” of excerpts of the formal presentation of the Portland Ballet’s “The Victorian Nutcracker” will take about an hour with time afterwards for children to interact with the dancers and enjoy a reception with refreshments. Admission is $5 per person at the door. There will be no advance sales.

For more information, visit ogunquitperformingarts.org.

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