Ogunquit Performing Arts welcomed the dancers of the Portland Ballet in a performance of excerpts from the Company’s famous holiday production of The Victorian Nutcracker
On Sunday December 6th, dancers from the Portland School of Ballet performed, in full costume, several classical movements from their seasonal favorite “The Victorian Nutcracker” . After several years attempting to host Portland Ballet for an Ogunquit performance, the Ogunquit Performing Arts Committee, under co-chairpersons Janel Lundgren and Pat Mason, succeeded in this return to the Ogunquit community. The Portland School of Ballet is a pre-professional artistic group which prepares students for placement in the Portland Ballet’s regular Company.
OPA board member Mikie Anne Boyd was host and coordinator for the event, held at the newly upgraded auditorium of the S. Judson Dunaway Center. The energetic dancers arrived at the center at 10:00 am accompanied by the Director of Corps Program Roberto Forleo and School Principal Daniela Sabbath to prepare for the 3:00 pm performance. What followed was a high-quality and entrancing performance. Once the audience arrived, the dancers began by demonstrating warm up routines at the barre. Following this, they next performed dances from “The Victorian Nutcracker”:
- First act Party Scene,
- 1st Act 2nd scene The Snow Scene
- Act II Movements
- Spanish Dance
- Russian Dance
- Ribbon Candy
- Waltz of the Flowers
- Sugarplum Fairy
- A special Christmas Dance Finale.
The dancers then invited students in the audience to come to the stage to learn some steps and to have their photos taken. What a wonderful, spirited day! Both organizations agreed that the occasion marked a new beginning for this long-term, historic friendship and collaboration.
A special Christmas thank you to Town Manager Tom Fortier, Ogunquit’s Select Board, and town citizens for the fine improvements to the Dunaway Center.
Photos: Courtesy Jennifer Malloy