By Conrad Dudderar
The magic of Christmas comes alive this weekend with the return of a Yukon yuletide classic.
Central Oklahoma Ballet will present “The Nutcracker” at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5 inside the Yukon Fine Arts Center, 850 Yukon Ave.
Local performers will dance alongside professional guest artists in both performances.
A certain pandemic forced the cancellation of Yukon’s Nutcracker in 2020. But absence just makes the heart grow fonder.
The Nutcracker is back – promising to be better than ever – this time around.
“After COVID, everybody’s very excited to present this production,” said Central Oklahoma Ballet artistic director Debra Vossen. “We have some new costumes and new sets. The Nutcracker offers something for everyone young and old. It is a great Christmas tradition and something we all missed last year.
“What makes our performances special is that this is a collaborative effort with national and international dancers alongside local performers and community members.”
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
Rehearsals started in early October at the Doran-Vossen School of Dance in downtown Yukon.
“Everyone has been working very hard to make this production ‘come alive’,” Vossen shared.
Professional artists from Florida, Colorado and Oklahoma will take the stage for both performances this weekend.
Some Yukon civic leaders – led by Larry Taylor, Maggie Fuchs and Ginger LaCroix – have performed roles in Yukon’s Nutcracker since it began in 1994.
“We’re pleased again to have Irv Wagner and the Oklahoma Community Orchestra performing live the favorite Nutcracker music of the composer Tchaikovsky,” Vossen said. “This really adds to our performances.”
As a bonus, Nutcracker souvenirs will be on sale inside the Yukon Fine Arts Center lobby. These make great Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers.
Tickets to the Yukon Nutcracker are just $15 in advance and $20 at the door – much-lower prices than large ballet companies.
Tickets are on sale at YNB bank and MidFirst Bank inside the Yukon Walmart. They also may be purchased online at centralokballet.org