76 th Annual Holiday Celebration Lights Up Downtown Tacoma

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76th Annual Holiday Celebration Lights Up Downtown Tacoma
ASM Global and Tacoma Venues & Events host live tree lighting with special visit from Santa
For the 76th year, the holiday tree is up in front of the Pantages Theater at South 9th Street
and Broadway. The long-standing, traditional holiday tree-lighting celebration will take place on
Saturday, November 27, beginning at 5 p.m.
Glowing in sparkling decorated trees, the Pantages Theater lobby will feature display tables hosted by
local resident arts organizations, including Tacoma City Ballet, Symphony Tacoma, Northwest
Sinfonietta, Tacoma Concert Band, Puget Sound Revels and the Tacoma School of the Arts.
Attendees will enjoy Corina Bakery special cookies, hot drinks, mingling Nutcracker ballerinas, courtesy
Tacoma City Ballet, and live music by an 11-piece Tacoma Concert Band brass ensemble and a joint
string quartet, courtesy Symphony Tacoma and Northwest Sinfonietta. In addition, Santa and Mrs. Claus
will read a traditional story and lead a fun-filled singalong of popular children’s holiday songs, followed
by the tree-lighting countdown.
“We are truly looking forward to welcoming the community to the Pantages and the gorgeous holiday
tree standing out front. We’re creating a fun and festive tree lighting event with all the sights and
sounds of the season for the entire family,” said Lynn Carlotto, General Manager for Tacoma Theaters.
Tacoma Venues & Events (TVE) recently announced ASM Global, an international leader in venue
management, as new managers for the City of Tacoma-owned Pantages Theater (and adjoining Jones
Building), the Rialto Theater and the Theatre on the Square.
The 40’ Douglas fir tree was donated by Skyline Presbyterian Church and is decorated over several days
with more than 250’ of lights and traditional holiday décor.
For safety measures, the event will be held both indoors and outdoors. Masks will be required when
indoors per state mandate. No vaccine verifications or negative tests are required for this event.
On Sunday, November 28, the traditional lighting of The Menorah in honor of Chanukah will be held in
front of the Pantages Theater at 5 p.m. The menorah has been graciously presented from
Rabbi Kesselman of Chabad Jewish Center of Pierce County.
For more information, visit cityoftacoma.org or call 253.272.3663.
MEDIA CONTACT
Tammi Bryant – Director of Marketing – Tacoma Venues & Events

Experience the Wonder of the Nutcracker

As the holiday season gets under way, families are often looking for fun experiences that can become annual traditions. Going to see The Tacoma City Ballet perform The Nutcracker & The Tale of The Hard Nut can be a great way to build enthusiasm for the holidays, while also introducing children to the joys of a live show experience.

The Tacoma City Ballet, under the leadership of Miss Erin Ceragioli, Executive and Artistic Director, is celebrating its 35th production of one of the most famous ballets in the world, The Nutcracker & The Tale of The Hard Nut. This timeless holiday classic, first presented in 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia, has entertained generations for well over a century.

The story of The Nutcracker, told in its entirety with the addition of The Tale of The Hard Nut, features the historical scenery and costumes first seen by audiences in 1892. Tacoma City Ballet creates a magnificent production filled with spectacular dancing, live orchestral music by the Tacoma City Ballet Orchestra, grand scenery and lavish costumes, sure to enchant your entire family this holiday season.

If taking kids to the ballet where the story is told entirely through dance – no talking or singing — seems daunting, here are a couple ways to prepare. The Nutcracker ballet is based on the story written by E.T.A. Hoffmann in 1816 and there are plenty of picture books. Head to your local library or bookstore and find a version you like. Making The Nutcracker part of your bedtime story routine in the weeks leading up to the show will help your child become familiar with the story and be ready to see it interpreted through dance. Another thing you can do before you go to the show is to familiarize your child with the musical score. The Nutcracker ballet music was written by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, a Russian composer renowned for his ballet scores. Download the soundtrack and play it often – in the car or during playtime.

Take your child to a Sugar Plum Tea prior to the performance for a snack and an opportunity to interact with dancers in costume — bring your camera — creating a connection that carries over to the performance and adds to the enjoyment of the experience for your child.

Plan to arrive to the ballet early so you can look through the program together and read the synopsis. This will let you know exactly how the Tacoma City Ballet is interpreting and presenting the story. Getting there early also allows you to enjoy the atmosphere of the venue.

Who knows, this could be the start of a magical holiday tradition to be carried on for generations to come. Happy holidays!

KELLY LENIHAN

Six performances 

  • Sat, Dec 15, 2pm
  • Sun, Dec 16, 2pm
  • Thu, Dec 20, 7:30pm
  • Fri, Dec 21, 7:30pm
  • Sat, Dec 22, 2pm
  • Sun, Dec 23, 2pm

Sugar Plum Teas

  • Sat, Dec 15, 1pm
  • Sun, Dec 16, 1pm
  • Sat, Dec 22, 1pm
  • Sun, Dec 23, 1pm

tickets

Federal Way Performing Arts & Events Center (PAEC)

31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way South, Federal Way, WA 98003

box Office: 253-835-7010, online: fwpaec.org

 

Nutcracker Suite for the littlest ones

December 8 and 9, 2pm

Broadway center for Performing Arts

901 Broadway, Tacoma

Box office: 253-591-5894, online: tacomaartslive.com

 

 

Dracula– The Romantic Ballet

The Tacoma City Ballet is thrilled to premiere Dracula—The Romantic Ballet—an original ballet fashioned from the legend of Vlad the Impaler, Count Dracula of Transylvania.

The expression Dracula, which is now primarily known as the name of a fictional vampire, was for centuries known as the sobriquet of Vlad Dracul III (“Vlad the Dragon”). Vlad the Impaler is a brutal but tragic character who became the immortal vampire Dracula out of his love for his deceased wife, and shows his actions as Dracula to be his own personal war against God for denying the entry of Elisabeta’s soul into heaven, mixing historical fact with the fiction.

Over four hundred years later, Vlad meets Mina Harker, who he believes to be the reincarnation of Elisabeta. Dracula’s intention is to turn Mina into a vampire so they can be together as husband and wife for eternity, as he and Elisabeta were meant to be. Chased by vampire hunters, Dracula is mortally wounded. Mina provides the finishing blow, reverting him back to his human form, which allows him to die. Through Dracula’s death, Mina is freed of the vampire’s curse.

Featuring fabulous dancers, a brilliant musical score, opulent scenery, and luxurious costumes, Erin Ceragioli, Executive/Artistic Director of the Tacoma City Ballet, envisions that Dracula will be for Halloween what the Nutcracker is for Christmas; as well, her big picture plan is to pair the ballet with a masquerade ball.

Dracula is suitable for audiences of all ages, and the perfect addition to your celebration of Halloween. Audiences are encouraged to come in costume.

http://www.tacomacityballet.com/dracula/

Dates and Times

Friday, October 26th at 7:30pm

Saturday, October 27th at 2:00pm

Sunday, October 28th at 2:00pm

For Tickets

Federal Way Performing Arts & Events Center (PAEC)

31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way South, Federal Way WA 98003

Box Office: (253) 835-7010

Online: www.fwpaec.org

The Blood Bank will be on hand in the parking lot accepting blood donations.

KELLY LENIHAN

 

Tacoma City Ballet Has a New Home

Tacoma City Ballet has officially become the resident dance company of the new Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center. The change of venue for the ballet, welcomed by Federal Way, means that The Nutcracker of Tacoma will now be in Federal Way.

“I’m happy moving to Federal Way,” Ceragioli said. “The stage is bigger and there’s more wing space; the orchestra pit holds 52 musicians; and the box office is inside the beautiful, huge lobby. It will be very convenient for our audiences because there’s plenty of free parking, as well as nearby shopping and restaurants. It’s wonderful working in such a warm and inviting atmosphere.”

The Tacoma City Ballet has an exciting season planned, kicking off with the timeless holiday classic of the most famous ballet in the world. Now told in its entirety, The Tale of The Hard Nut is presented alongside the traditional Russian , creating a glorious production filled with dancing, live orchestral music, grand scenery and lavish costumes, bearing all of the original trappings of the beautiful 1892 Russian production.

In April and May, audiences can enjoy the storybook classic Cinderella, followed by a full-scale production of Dracula next October. All Tacoma City Ballet productions are accompanied by the Tacoma City Ballet Orchestra.

Tacoma City Ballet

tacomacityballet.com

253.272.4219

Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center
fwpaec.org

253.835.7010

Kelly Lenihan