Beaverton performers to hit the ground running in holiday shows
After a tumultuous two years of COVID-19 restrictions, Beaverton will be chock-full of holiday performances by local groups returning to the stage this December.
ISing Choir, Oregon International Ballet Academy and Experience Theatre Project will be hosting in-person performances — from Christmastime music classics to tipsy traditional holiday tales — to get you in the Yuletide spirit.
Harking back to Christmases past with the gathering of friends and family to sing songs of the season, ISing Choir, based in Beaverton, will be reprising Christmastime classics at the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts in early December.
In "Yearning for Christmas," choral members plus members of the Big Horn Brass Ensemble, organist Dan Miller, and pianist Yvonne Yang will break out all the familiar tunes, from "Joy to the World" and "Angels We Have Heard on High," with new arrangements.
The choir will perform two Ukrainian pieces during the two days of performances, including "Carol of the Bells," which was written by Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovich.
The shows kick off at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 and 3 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts in Beaverton, 12625 S.W. Crescent St.
Tickets are $10. Donations will also be accepted to benefit the Parker Bounds Johnson Foundation, which serves at-risk young people and their families through wilderness therapy.
Oregon International Ballet Academy
The Oregon International Ballet Academy, based in Portland, will be bringing "The Nutcracker" to Beaverton's main stage for two shows in mid-December.
Featuring student dancers and guest artists from around the world, the performance returns after two years of waiting through pandemic restrictions to dance to the Tchaikovsky classics.
The choreography has been created specifically for the ballet academy students by artistic director Xuan Cheng and executive director Ye Li.
The two performances will feature student dancers and top performers, plus surprise guest artists.
Japanese performer Tango Hayato Fujita-Gomez will fill the role of the Nutcracker prince.
Oregon International Ballet Academy will be hitting the stage for "The Nutcracker" at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 and 2 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Reser.
Tickets are available online for $28-$33.
Experience Theatre Project
Beaverton's professional theater company is bringing "A Drunk Christmas Carol" to a live audience. A similar 2020 performance was held online due to the pandemic.
It's not your usual performance of the Charles Dickens tale. Experience Theatre Project says two of its actors will take five shots of whiskey throughout the performance. The sober actors will meanwhile "attempt to keep the script on track, all the while tormenting the drinking actors," according to a press release.
"A Drunk Christmas Carol" features Alisa Stewart, Ryan Pfeiffer, Leia Young, Jason Weed, Amber Green and Erik Montague.
Tickets are available from $25 for the 7:30 p.m. show Dec. 17 at the Beaverton Masonic Lodge, 4690 S.W. Watson Ave.
To continue the merriment, there will be an ugly sweater contest, a raffle, a 50-50 drawing and donation prizes, all benefiting Experience Theatre Project's season.
The event is for people over 21 years of age.
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