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The Oregon City-based Abernethy Performing Arts group will perform its annual Christmas classic production. 

This December, the auditorium at West Linn High School will show off holiday cheer, dancing mice and a tribute to the Pacific Northwest.

On Dec. 2 and 3, Oregon City's Abernethy Performing Arts group will host its annual holiday production of "The Nutcracker" at the WLHS Performing Arts Center.

Set to the classic music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky , the classical ballet mirrors the short story "The Nutcracker and Mouse King." On Christmas Eve, a young girl named Clara is surprised to find that her recently gifted nutcracker has come to life. The duo escapes to a Christmas wonderland, where they dance and battle an army of mice.

Although the production company will mostly follow the original plot, it is sprinkled with elements that pay homage to the Pacific Northwest. Instead of the play taking place in Germany, event-goers can recognize familiar scenes from around the Portland metro area.

During the opening acts, a model of the carousel at Oaks Amusement Park in Portland will be a prominent backdrop, and the characters will travel to "carousel land" for their adventures rather than the Land of Sweets. The carousel will be decorated with animals that correspond with dances in the second act. Instead of the flower garden, the play pays homage to Portland's Rose Festival.

IF YOU GO:

When: 6:30 p.m. Friday Dec. 2; 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3

Where: West Linn High School Performing Arts Center, 5464 W. A St., West Linn

Tickets: https://www.apadancetheater.com/nutcracker2022


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