By Conrad Dudderar
After COVID-19 nixed the Nutcracker in 2020, Yukon’s popular yuletide ballet will be back this fall – in grand fashion.
Central Oklahoma Ballet has announced “The Nutcracker” – featuring guest artists and local performers – will be presented Dec. 4-5 inside the Yukon Fine Arts Center, 850 Yukon Ave. The curtain will rise at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
“We’re coming back strong – bigger and better!” COB Board President Allie Overton proclaimed this week.
“The Nutcracker is just a wonderful way to kick off the Christmas season.”
Christmas may be months away but plans already have started for Yukon’s traditional holiday dance production, which was canceled last year due to virus concerns.
2021 Yukon Nutcracker auditions will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29 at Doran-Vossen School of Dance, 519 Maple, as the ballet company enlists local performers for December’s return engagement.
Several benefits will follow this fall to help raise funds to cover production costs:
- Live music, a craft fair and grilled onion burgers on Sunday, Oct. 10 at Grady’s 66 Pub, 444 W Main;
- A bizarre, comical “Swan River” or “Duck Lake” skit and auction Friday, Oct. 29 at the Dale Robertson Center, 1200 Lakeshore; and
- A Sugar Plum Fairy Tea on Sunday, Nov. 7 at Yukon’s First United Methodist Church, 400 Elm.
More details to come.
‘BACK IN THE GROOVE’
This year’s Yukon Nutcracker production will feature new costumes and new sets, according to COB artistic director Debra Vossen.
“Everyone is excited and looking forward to it after we missed last year,” Vossen said. “We have a lot of activities planned this fall leading up to the performances in December.
“It’s really good to get ‘back in the groove’ after what we all went through in 2020.”
COB’s last Yukon Nutcracker was staged in December 2019 with record audiences attending the 25th anniversary production.
“It’s important to bring the arts to the community,” Overton said. “We present a world-class show in our small community. We bring in artists from around the country.
“We keep our tickets at a reasonable rate so it’s open to all families.”
Tickets remain at just $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
Locally trained performers share the large Yukon Fine Arts Center stage with professional guest artists during COB’s Nutcracker.
“They get to learn and work alongside some of the country’s best ballet dancers,” Overton noted.