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Dance Maker Academy to present the Nutcracker Ballet on Dec. 12-13

Photo caption: Cortlynn Jech, Osage, has been cast as Clara in this year’s rendition of Dance Maker Academy’s Nutcracker Ballet. Courtesy Photo

Returning to Pawhuska’s beautiful Constantine Theater, Dance Maker Academy is pleased to present its fourth annual production of the Nutcracker Ballet, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 13 at 3 p.m.

This year the production features 47 local dancers ages 6-18 in this all-children ballet. The colorful scenery and dazzling costumes enhance Tchaikovsky’s iconic score as the Sugar Plum Fairy, our heroine Clara, dancing toys, mischievous mice, sparkling snowflakes, waltzing flowers and cast take you on a magical journey to mystical lands. This full-length traditional production is choreographed and directed by Jenna Smith LaViolette after Pavel Rotaru.

“We thank our sponsors, the Osage Foundation, Osage Casinos, and Jerry and Marlene Mosley and many others for helping us continue the legacy of ballet in the Osage, and we look forward to others joining our efforts,” she said.

Safety standards will be adhered to and masks will be required to attend. Because of safe distancing measures, tickets will be limited since the production will require many empty seats to allow distancing. Tickets are on sale online at www.dancemaker.net. Adult tickets are $15 and student tickets are $8. Reserved tickets are $25 and $15.

Dance Maker is also offering Virtual Tickets for families to view the live performance from home. Virtual Tickets are $20 at www.dancemaker.net.

Dance Maker is a non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible. Donations can be sent to 400 Palmer Avenue Pawhuska, OK 74056.