Eastside dancers and guest artists enchant in family-friendly Nutcracker with live orchestra

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

December 3, 4, 10, 11 at 2:00 p.m.
Northshore Performing Arts Center, Bothell
with Rainier Symphony Ballet Orchestra, David Waltman conducting
Tickets ( are $20, $33, $38

Several Woodinville residents will be appearing in Emerald Ballet Theatre’s upcoming production of The Nutcracker with live orchestra at the Northshore Performing Arts Center on Dec. 3, 4, 10 and 11.

Clara Burns, Hadley Burns, Toko Morimura, Abbie Wilson, McKenzie Wilson, Ashley Wu, Julie Folting, Megan Hong and Ryan Hong, along with other local dancers join guest artist Nukri Mamistvalov to make holiday magic in Emerald Ballet Theatre’s (EBT) 10th anniversary production of The Nutcracker with brand-new sets and the Rainier Symphony Ballet Orchestra.

Kaelyn Lefferts, 17, of Redmond will debut the role of Sugar Plum Fairy on December 3 and 4. Ms. Lefferts is a junior at The Overlake School, and has been dancing at EBT for the past six years.

Chloe Heninger, 17, of Preston reprises her role as Sugar Plum Fairy on December 10 and 11. Ms. Heninger is a senior at BYU Independent Study. She started her dance career at EBT when the school opened in 2007, and has since been a year-round student at the Bolshoi Academy in Moscow and Gelsey Kirkland Academy in New York City.

Sharing the role of little Clara are EBT students Danica Hanson of Bellevue and Elle Popp of Kirkland. Taylor Ka of Bellevue is big Clara. Daniel Chernyavskiy of Kenmore is Fritz. Russian Ballet Master Roman Zinovyev is Uncle Drosselmeyer.

Now in its tenth season, EBT’s full-length Nutcracker features beautiful sets, lavish costumes, exquisite choreography in the Russian tradition, and the Eastside’s only live orchestra.

The four matinee performances are ideal for children to attend. Every seat at the Northshore Performing Arts Center provides excellent views of the stage, and parking is ample, close and free. Tickets are $20 for youth under 17, $33 for seniors, and $38 for adults — and are  available at or (425) 298-3449.

Non-profit children’s groups and veterans are invited to attend the dress rehearsal on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. Tickets are only $12 each (minimum order: 6 tickets), and must be purchased through EBT by Nov. 29. Mail payment to EBT, Attn: Dress Rehearsal Tickets, 12368 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98005. Please note that because it is a dress rehearsal, some stops/repeats should be expected.

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