Peninsula dancers perform 'Nutcracker'

<I>JERRY OLSON photo</I><BR>Sina Fastabend and Joel Hathaway performing the roles of Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier.

ASTORIA - Dancers of The Little Ballet Theatre will perform their 2003 production of Tchaikovsky's complete Nutcracker Ballet Dec. 6 and 7 at the Astoria High School Auditorium.

This celebratory season will herald an all-company cast dancing all solo and pas de deux roles for the second time since l984. Sabrina Barbic of Warrenton as Clara, Joel Hathaway of Seaside as the Nutcracker Prince and Sean Davies of Astoria as Fritz, will lead a cast that includes dancers Keesha and Kara Roberts of Long Beach, Nancy McAllister Veltkampt of Illwaco, Airi Kondo of Naselle, and Kelly Wiegardt and Esther Wiegardt of Ocean Park.

Four company dancers will step in to dance roles which in the past have been filled by guest artists. Sina Fastabend of Astoria and Hathaway will perform as Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier. Kanoe Wagner and Josh Murry of Astoria will perform as Snow Queen and Snow King. Many of the dancers performing this year are recipients of past LBT dance scholarships.

The Little Ballet Theatre Orchestra directed by Lee Stromquist will join in the production. A candle-light reception for sponsors will be held before the evening performance on Dec. 6, and all children in the audience are invited to attend a candy cane reception after each performance. Tickets are on sale November. Proceeds benefit the Little Ballet Theatre Scholarship Foundation.

For more information about ticket purchases, please call (503) 861-1971 afternoons.

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