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Sydney Marsh is new to the TPB company, but will have a role in 'A Christmas Carol: The Ballet' Thanksgiving weekend

The Portland Ballet has announced that in a bold move it will be performing the world premiere of John Clifford's "A Christmas Carol: The Ballet" this Thanksgiving weekend – and a Canby dancer will be part of the action.

Founders Nancy Davis and Jim Lane decided to return to live performances by going big and commissioning a whole new ballet. And Sydney Marsh, who is new to the company, will have a role in it.

A senior at Oregon Charter Academy, Marsh trains in the company's career track program for pre-professionals. She has been studying ballet for 11 years and has also trained at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet Austin, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and Steps PDX.

COURTESY PHOTO: BLAINE TRUITT COVERT - Canby's Sydney Marsh (on right in purple) works through rehearsals for the Thanksgiving weekend production from The Portland Ballet.

The Portland Ballet production, which puts a fresh spin on Charles Dickens' familiar tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, will have all new choreography, an original score by Karl Moraski, and new scenic designs by Kim Morris.

Shows are 1 and 4 p.m. Nov. 27-28 at Lincoln Performance Hall at Portland State University, 1620 SW Park at Market. The show will run 50 minutes with no intermission. Tickets start at $15 and can be ordered through www.theportlandballet.org or by calling 503-452-8448.

Audience members will be required to wear masks and show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours.

COURTESY PHOTO: BLAINE TRUITT COVERT - Michael Jurica stars as Ebenezer Scrooge in The Portland Ballet's world premiere of?A Christmas Carol: The Ballet. The production, at Lincoln Performance Hall at Portland State University on Thanksgiving weekend, will feature charming?Victorian backgrounds designed by Kim Morris. Canby resident Sydney Marsh will have a role in the production.

"We are so happy and excited to be collaborating with our good friend John Clifford again and to be able to bring this timely new production of 'A Christmas Carol' to our Portland audiences," Davis, who is the company's artistic director, said. "All new choreography, an original score and scenic designs combined with the talents of our own dancers and stellar guest artists will make for a sensational performance experience."


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