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Two Clackamas County residents will take to the stage when the Portland Ballet presents 'The Enchanted Toyshop' and 'Gift Box' on Nov. 25, 26 and 27 at Lincoln Hall, 1620 S.W. Park Ave., in Portland.


Two Clackamas County residents will take to the stage when the Portland Ballet presents “The Enchanted Toyshop” and “Gift Box” on Nov. 25, 26 and 27 at Lincoln Hall, 1620 S.W. Park Ave., in Portland.

Oregon City resident Naomi Rux, 19, has lead roles in both shows.

Zachary Brant, a 14-year-old Milwaukie resident, performs in “Gift Box” and has the role of Pinocchio in “The Enchanted Toyshop.”

“I love how I get to perform a mixture of character roles as well as dance-y ones,” Rux said.

SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Naomi Rux will perform in two ballets this weekend in Portland. In this photo, she is wearing her costume from 'Gift Box.'She plays the shopkeeper’s wife and a doll in “Toy Shop,” and has several “really pretty” solos in “Gift Box.”

What Rux likes best about performing is the opportunity to “act onstage and the emotions that go into that,” she said.

“Being onstage is really fun. After doing all the work and all the rehearsal time we put in, the performances are really satisfying when things work out,” Rux said.

She is part of the ballet company’s Career Track program, which trains students for professional dance careers, and has been studying ballet for more than 10 years.

Although Brant lives in Milwaukie, he attends Jefferson High School.

What he likes best about ballet and performing is simply “dancing in general.”

He added that all the pieces he gets to perform are “really fun.”

“The Enchanted Toyshop” features more than 90 dancers. The ballet begins when two children are accidentally locked all night in a toyshop, where Pinocchio reigns over a parade of playful toys that come to life to entertain the guests.

Characters include playing cards, poodles, Pierrots and Russian nesting dolls.

In “Gift Box,” choreographer Anne Mueller, also artistic director of the Portland Ballet, was inspired by “a vision of colors, red and gold, with big, beautiful bows and ribbons on costumes.”

Rux thinks the audience will appreciate the mix of dancing in the double bill of this ballet performance.

“The Enchanted Toyshop” tells a story, while “Gift Box” focuses on the dancing, she said.

She added, “When I watch ballets that are a mixed bill, I love that one doesn’t have a story, so audience members can interpret the ballet [themselves] and see how the dancers interpret the characters.”

On pointe

What: The Portland Ballet presents “The Enchanted Toyshop” and “Gift Box”

When: 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 25 and 26 and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Nov. 27

Where: Portland State University - Lincoln Hall, 1620 S.W. Park Ave., Portland

Details: Ticket prices, including discounts, and more information available at theportlandballet.org or by calling 503-750-3157.

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