Holiday Tradition, ‘The Nutcracker’ Coming to Beasley

PULLMAN, Wash. — Individual and family seating is still available for “The Nutcracker” performance Dec. 9 at Washington State University. The Eugene Ballet’s annual holiday tradition, at Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum, is set for 3 and 7 p.m.

“It is a wonderful story, a beautiful ballet and an annual tradition for many families,” said Micki Panttaja, executive director of Festival Dance and Performing Arts, the show’s sponsor. “The ballet also brings a wonderful opportunity to local dance students.”

“The Nutcracker” will feature more than 80 Festival Dance Academy students who will dance the parts of party children, angels, beetles, ladybugs, soldiers, flowers and baby mice. They auditioned in October and have practiced every Saturday to prepare for the Dec. 9 shows.

The Eugene Ballet is in its 24th season of performing “The Nutcracker.” The group travels more than 12,000 miles and tours 10 western states and Canada each year.

Tickets are on sale at Beasley Coliseum, Cougar Depot, University of Idaho North Campus Center and all G & B Select-a-Seat outlets. The prices are $22/$16 for adults, $16/$10 for students and $12/$8 for children 12 and under.