PNB’s Nutcracker Opens this Weekend Featuring Local Queen Anne Kids in a Variety of Roles

The Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker, a family favorite, kicks off this Friday, December 7th with 30 performances running through December 29th. PNB Founding Artistic Director Kent Stowell and world-famous author and illustrator Maurice Sendak created PNB’s production of the holiday classic – setting it apart from other productions of the holiday classic. PNB’s annual Stowell/Sendak Nutcracker features over 200 roles danced by professional dancers and students, including 16 Queen Anne students.

PNB School students auditioned for PNB’s Nutcracker at the end of September at the Phelps Center on Mercer Street. Several hundred children from all levels of the school auditioned, with 222 selected to perform in this year’s production. Roles are double (and sometimes triple) cast – for example, 3 students – one from Queen Anne – perform the role of Clara.

The students have been working hard at rehearsals that began in late October, and they’re ready to take the stage on Friday night! Photos of our local students were taken during costume fittings at PNB’s rehearsal studios at the Phelps Center; available fitting photos are below.

Our local Queen Anne students in this year’s PNB Nutcracker are:

  • Alexis Wade, Fighting Mice Woman, grade 10
  • Ashley Baker, Chinese, grade 10 – upper left
  • August Hunter, Small Servant, grade 3
  • Bridget Harshman, Toy Theatre Girl, grade 4
  • Eleanor Clayton, Chinese, grade 11
  • Emilee Strong, Fighting Mice Woman, grade 11
  • Emma Sluss, Prologue Nutcracker, grade 8 – middle left
  • Gabrielle Staddon-Smith, Baby Mouse, grade 2 – upper right
  • Jack Neeleman, Party Boy, grade 3 – middle right
  • Jillian O’Kelley, Infantry, grade 5 – middle center
  • Madison Abeo, Fighting Mice Woman, grade 11
  • Natalie Parker, Infantry and Tall Servant, grade 6
  • Nina Adams, Clara, grade 7 – bottom left
  • Philipp Mergener, Toy Theatre Boy, grade 4
  • Smith Hunter, Infantry, grade 5
  • Tess Bittner, Teenager, grade 7 – bottom right
  • My Northwest’s Holiday Map lists holiday happenings throughout the Pacific Northwest

    Wondering where all the holiday happenings are, well, happening? Check out My Northwest’s new Holiday Map, a guide for holiday activities throughout the Puget Sound region.

    Using the map, it’s easy to see what festive events are happening in your neck of the woods—you can even search by address.

    Here in Queen Anne we have a number of holiday events coming up, including Festivals of Lights, the classic Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker, the Christmas Ships Festival, and New Years at the Needle. There are also a number of great places in Queen Anne to stop off and enjoy the holiday lights, including the Kerry Park Viewpoint at 211 Highland Dr.