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COVID-19 transformed The Nutcracker Ballet – Clara’s Tri-Cities Nutcracker Dream

The Mid-Columbia Ballet in Richland Washington, did something truly remarkable this year.

Unable to perform their traditional, annual Nutcracker ballet at Richland High School due to the pandemic, they decided to capture the popular holiday story at locations all over Tri-Cities and film a movie, which they called Clara’s Tri-Cities Nutcracker Dream.

They performed and filmed in compliance with state of Washington COVID-19 requirements. With music by the Mid-Columbia Symphony, this 35-minute movie has over 125 dancers, was filmed during October and November at over 35 locations all across the Tri-Cities, a creative staff of 20 people, numerous community volunteers, and then edited by professional media volunteers.

The project was produced and directed by Debra Rogo (Artistic Director of the Mid-Columbia Ballet) and Janet Krupin (Actress and Broadway Performer). They recommend you consider making a donation to your local community nonprofit arts organizations.

It’s free on YouTube and it’s a tribute and a stress-relieving gift to the Tri-Cities and for people everywhere. It will uplift your spirits at this truly challenging time of year.

Here is the link to the entire movie on YouTube.

Clara’s Tri-City Nutcracker Dream https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mfB3QF9kX4

Clara's Tri-Cities Nutcracker Dream

Place it on your big screen TV, turn the volume up, and watch it with the entire family.

The scenes are beautiful, the music excellent, and the dancing is superb. You may need a box of tissues for some of the breath-taking scenes that may bring happy tears of joy.

Enjoy the season and stay safe everyone.

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