Nutcracker ‘Fall Follies’ Friday night in Yukon

Variety show to feature music, dancing, singing, storytelling

Central Oklahoma Ballet board member Terry Martin (left) joins renowned Yukon artists Casey Barnett (center) and Gloria Bean to display the painted, decorated professional toe shoes that will be featured auction items at Friday night’s Nutcracker “Fall Follies” at the Dale Robertson Center, 1200 Lakeshore. Barnett, Bean and fellow artist Lizzie Lopez decorated the ballet shoes. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

Some talented Yukon citizens will join local ballet dancers this Friday night for an annual variety show to benefit Yukon’s annual Nutcracker production.

Central Oklahoma Ballet will present the “Nutcracker Fall Follies” from 7:30-10 p.m. Oct. 28 inside the Dale Robertson Center, 1200 Lakeshore.


“It will be a great evening of entertainment,” said Yukon’s Debra Vossen, Central Oklahoma Ballet’s artistic director. “We’re going to have skits, storytelling, dancing, singing, and piano playing.”

The program will feature numbers from “Phantom of the Opera” and “A Chorus Line,” along with some comical surprises.

“This is a variety show that will offer a little something for everyone to get them in the fall spirit,” Vossen added. “There will be lots of great dancing and acting.”

Community members will perform Friday night to raise money to cover production costs of Yukon’s 27th annual Nutcracker performances.

The audience will recognize many of the performers from the opening “party scene” of Yukon’s Nutcracker, presented on the first weekend each December.

Friday’s Fall Follies will feature a silent auction, heavy hors d’oeuvres and adult refreshments.

Renowned Yukon artists Gloria Bean, Casey Barnett and Lizzie Lopez have painted and decorated professional ballet “toe” shoes to highlight the auction.

“They’re beautiful,” Vossen described.

Tickets to the Nutcracker Fall Follies are $25 each, available in advance or at the door.

Buy tickets online at or in-person at YNB Bank (401 Elm) or Mid-First Bank inside Walmart (1200 S Garth Brooks Blvd.).

Central Oklahoma Ballet board members encourage the public to get their tickets for the annual Christmas holiday production of Yukon’s “Nutcracker” set Dec. 3-4 at the Yukon Fine Arts Center, 850 Yukon Ave.: From left, Phil Carson, Sam Sims, Scott Hein, and Earline Smaistrla. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)


After the Nutcracker Fall Follies, Central Oklahoma Ballet will present the annual Sugar Plum Fairy Tea at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 inside Yukon’s First United Methodist Church, 400 Elm.

This is another popular benefit to raise funds for Yukon’s annual Nutcracker production.

The 2022 Yukon Nutcracker performances will be staged 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Yukon Fine Arts Center, 850 Yukon Ave.

The show will feature professional guest artists and live music by the Oklahoma City Community Orchestra.

Tickets to Yukon’s yuletide Nutcracker are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

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