Southwest Washington Dance Ensemble’s Nutcracker Performance to Add New Production



By The Chronicle team

This year, the performers of “The Nutcracker” will add a new production called “Escape to the Land of Sweets”.

The Southwest Washington Dance Ensemble, a group from the Southwest Washington Dance Center, will perform the ballet at the Corbet Theater at Centralia College on December 16, 17, 18 and 19.

The 2021 production of “Escape from the Land of Sweets” features a cast of over 75 dance center dancers and children and adults from the Lewis areas and southern Thurston County. Local artists with lead roles include Scott Middleton as Heir Drosselmeier, Mark and Sandra Young as Mr. and Mrs. Stalbaum and Matthew March as Mother Ginger and the Rat King. Eva Reynolds and Capri O’Neill share the role of Clara. Locals in leading dance roles include Hannah Feaster, Angela March, Ava Meller, Myah O’Neill, Gideon Newkirk, Adrien Zimmer and Tanner Calder.

Like every year, the ballet will be full of new choreographies, costumes and many surprises, according to a statement from the dance center which said it will be sure to delight Nutcracker fans.

“This story presents the dance pieces mainly from the second act of ‘The Nutcracker’. As we get back to more normal activities, this production bridges the gap between our “Home for the Holidays” which aired last year and the full Nutcracker that we plan to produce next year, “the newspaper said. communicated. “Each performer brings something special to their piece and with over 100 pieces in the ballet there is something to feast on for the eyes and ears. It is a magical experience for the whole family.

This event is a major source of income for the Southwest Washington Dance Center. As a non-profit organization, it depends on grants and fundraising. This year, so far, it has received major sponsorships from Advocate Printing; McGregor Auto & Quiet; Hillier, Scheibmeir, Kelly & Satterfield, PS; Christine Gill; Innovations in eye care; Colleen and Greg Jones; The Chronicle ; KITI / Live 95 and Dave’s dry cleaning. Many other businesses and individuals in the region also contributed to the new performance.

Tickets cost $ 24 for adults and $ 16 for those over 62, military personnel, and children 18 and under.

Tickets are available online at, in person, or by phone at the Southwest Washington Dance Center, which you can reach at 360-748-4789.

The center is located at 437 N. Market Blvd. in Chehalis. After December 11, tickets will only be available online or at the Corbet Theater box office on the Centralia College campus from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. or by phone at 360-623-8871.


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