To spice up a dance routine, skilled performers will wear bedazzling outfits or substitute their partner for a burlap sack filled with fireworks attached to a timer. Observe adventurism with today’s Groupon: for $22, you get two tickets to The Nutcracker, performed by the Portland Festival Ballet at the ACMA Performing Arts Center in Beaverton (up to a $48 value). Seating will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Choose from the following performances:
- Monday, December 19 at 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, December 20 at 7 p.m.
- Wednesday, December 21 at 7 p.m.<p>
Doors open at 6:30 p,m.
Artistic director John Magnus’s career has touched down in the world of South African dance as well as the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School in New York, and he now ushers world-class performances to the Portland Festival Ballet stage. Magnus’s updated choreography and Tchaikovsky’s timeless masterwork combine to captivate in a production rife with stunning costumes and thrilling diplomatic encounters between sugarplum dictators and tyrannical mouse kings. While the Ballet’s production has become an annual tradition, the company keeps return guests engaged with new sets and other twists each year.
Portland Festival Ballet
Portland Festival Ballet has a cast of performance-arts instructors that serve as the architects behind the organization's lively, world-class productions. The seasoned coaches prepare fledgling hoofers and thespians to face the crowd through a schedule of acting and dancing classes for kids, teens, and adults. During breathtaking performances that have included The Nutcracker and the annual Spring Concert, Portland Festival Ballet's charismatic performers storm the stage at the Lake Oswego High School Theater to dazzle audiences with high-flying pirouettes and convincing impersonations of ficus trees.