Visit Gage Academy of Art to learn about the organization at this interactive open house that includes live music, studio tours and art activities for the whole family.

Justin Huertas, whose fantasy musical Lizard Boy made a splash at the Seattle Rep in 2015, has written the music and lyrics for a new musical version of Diana Wynne Jones’ 1986 novel.

Try this: Hop into your time machine, travel back to 1969, watch an episode of Laugh-In and guess which cast member will still be a major entertainment figure a half-century later. Did you guess Tomlin? (You didn’t, you fibber.

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Promising “even more crack!”, this ’80s-themed takeoff combines modern dance and hair metal. 

 

Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann keep the traditional sparkle but spice up the sugarplums in this elegantly sexy retelling.

 

This is the most lavish local presentation, with Ian Falconer’s elegant storybook sets and costumes, and a charming video prologue to set the scene.

 

This production follows the traditional Russian choreography by Vera Altunina, a custom going back to Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa, the choreographers of the 1892 premiere.

 

Guest artists from Pacific Northwest Ballet and beyond enhance the cast of this Nutcracker, in addition, of course, to a bevy of Emerald Ballet Academy students.

 

This production is presented in two formats: the full two-hour version and a special one-hour for the youngest audiences—which includes photo ops with the cast!

 

To mark the ballet’s anniversary, this company has new sets by Seattle Opera set designer Phillip Lienau, which it’s taking on the road to two venues.