Oregon City resident to perform in 'Nutcracker' alternative
A student from Oregon City will be in the Portland Ballet's "Enchanted Toyshop" production on Thanksgiving weekend.
The magic begins when two children are left behind in a toyshop, and the Blue Fairy brings to life a parade of dancing dolls to entertain the guests. Pinocchio, playing cards and poodles are all part of the plot.
Cairo Orr, 10, a homeschooled fourth-grader, will perform as a Matrushka doll. She has danced for three years, and has trained for one year at the Portland Ballet. Cairo has also trained at Dance Vision and Sultanov Russian Ballet Academy. She has performed in "The Nutcracker" and "The Sleeping Beauty."
Choreographed specifically for the Portland Ballet by John Clifford, "Toyshop" showcases various skill levels and international dance styles. Since its premiere in 2003, "Toyshop" has become the Portland Ballet's signature showpiece.
"The Portland Ballet is excited to perform The Enchanted Toyshop this coming Thanksgiving weekend after a five-year hiatus," artistic director Nancy Davis said. "Audiences and dancers alike love this heartwarming ballet, our alternative to 'The Nutcracker,' which is a great way to celebrate and kick off the holiday season.
When: 1 and 4 p.m. performances on Nov. 26-27
Where: Lincoln Performance Hall at Portland State University, 1620 S.W. Park Ave.
Tickets: $10-$38, on sale now
Runtime: About one hour (including one intermission)
Information: theportlandballet.org or 503-452-8448, Ext. 106
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