For nearly two decades, The Nutcracker ballet was a staple of the holiday season in Hood River. Ballet Director Nancy Clement and her many students at the Columbia Gorge Dance Academy each year brought scenes of the eternal favorite to life. From tiny mice to the elegant Sugar Fairy, Nancy coaxed heartfelt performances from hundreds of children over the years. And those efforts touched the lives of thousands of locals. Just about every parent and child in the region is familiar with the annual event.
Last year, the curtain rose on the beloved event for the final time. And this year, the community will have one last chance to experience this heartwarming holiday tradition.
“The Last Nutcracker” is a beautifully produced documentary film created by local cinematographer Michael Peterson. This labor of love shares a rare glimpse behind the scenes leading up to the final performance, and shows just how many lives have been influenced by the perennial dance production.
It’s an amazing film opportunity you won’t want to miss!