Ballet lights up holiday stage with Nutcracker

“It’s so pretty. I never get tired of it,” Kalleigh Wagner said of the Plateau Ballet Repertory Theatre’s annual production of the Nutcracker ballet.

Wagner, a seventh-grade student at Thunder Mountain Middle School, will dance the role of Clara in the holiday classic.

“I heard people say they come every year,” said Ellie Morem, an eighth-grader at Glacier Middle School who will dance in a variety of roles during the company’s eight performances.

PBRT has been performing Nutcracker at Enumclaw High School for the past two decades.

“I think that’s what the public expects during the holiday season,” Artistic Director Syble Bracken said.

For the next two weekends, Plateau Ballet Repertory Theatre will enchant holiday audiences. Evening performances begin at 7:30, Dec. 9, 10, 16 and 17. Matinee performances begin at 3 Dec. 10 and 11 and Dec. 17 and 18.

Ticket prices for adults and students are $12; children 12 and younger, $10; and senior citizens, 65 and older, $8.

Group rates are also available: 10 to 19 tickets to any one performance are offered at $8 per ticket; 20 or more tickets to any one Performance, $5 for each ticket. Tickets may be purchased by calling the office using a credit card, 360-825-2196; visiting the studio during office hours, 1210 Griffin Ave., Suite A, Enumclaw; or at the box office during the performance. Information is available at

Performing in most of the lead dance roles are seven young ladies from PBRT. The production also includes students from The Ballet Workshop and community members who fill the character roles.

“We call them non-dance roles, but they still dance,” Bracken said.

It’s the tradition that draws the young dancers to the performance.

“Everyone knows the music and the story,” said Kacy Coyle, a White River High School freshman.

“Everyone knows it so well,” said Annie Cairnes, a freshman at EHS, who will dance in a host of roles.

Through their PBRT career, the girls will dance most, if not all, the roles at one time. That’s the part WRHS senior Samantha Ryan enjoys.

“You get to experience new roles in the same production,” she said. This year, she is having fun playing a rat as well as the Sugar Plum Fairy.

“I feel like I’ve been everything,” EHS junior Gretchen Waller said.

Of all the roles, the flowers and snowflakes are among the favorites.

“The Waltz of the Flowers is my favorite because of the music it makes me think of the Nutcracker,” said Johanna Kraemer, a junior at EHS. “That’s one of the first things I think of and it’s really pretty.”


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