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Youth services ready to stage classic holiday ballt

Jamie Midstokke, chief of financial management for JBLM’s Family, Morale Welfare and Recreation, left, receives a visit from cast members of SKIES Unlimited’s “The Nutcracker.” Cast members delivered tickets and invitations to purchase tickets to CYSS emp

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With Christmas fast advancing, it’s time to get in the holiday spirit with Joint Base Lewis-McChord Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills Unlimited’s production of “The Nutcracker.”

The traditional, full-length ballet is set for two shows at the Evergreen Theater: Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.

Preparations for the production were in full swing Nov. 23 as a small group of cast members invaded the hallways of the Lewis Main Child, Youth and School Services building, delivering tickets and invitations to purchase tickets, as well as bringing candy canes, glitter, red beads and holiday cheer.

“Let the desk bedazzling begin,” said Cindy Arnold, co-director of SKIES Unlimited, as her team of characters entered offices and staff members’ hearts.

“That is awesome,” said Sophia “Bea” Westcott-Curl, CYSS division chief, before offering the mostly-youth actors and dancers a box of donuts in exchange for their holiday offerings.

“Here’s your magical ticket for ‘The Nutcracker,’” said 9-year-old Anastasia Bordwell, as she handed one of the staffers a decorated envelope.

Anastasia, a student at St. Francis Cabrini Catholic School in Lakewood, portrays the leading role of Clara in “The Nutcracker.” She and 44 youth and adult cast members have been hard at work for the last four months learning choreography and lines for the show.

Anastasia’s 5-year-old brother, Jameson, portrays a toy soldier in the production. He led the troupe, a sampling of the cast’s actors and dancers, as they made their way up and down hallways at CYSS.

Jameson, a lively youth, was quick to adorn staff members’ desks with red beads as other cast members offered candy canes, show tickets or invitations.

“Did your mom put glitter all over you?” Anastasia asked fellow cast member Emma Maroni, who portrays the Candy Cane Queen in the show.

Emma, a 13-year-old student at Harrison Preparatory School in Lakewood, is the daughter of Melissa “Mel” Massey-Maroni — head contractor for the dance department at SKIES Unlimited and co-director of “The Nutcracker.”

“Yes, she did,” Emma said, as she twirled in all her glittery finery.

Emma’s brother, Joey, a student at Four Heroes Elementary School in Lakewood, plays a toy soldier in the play.

“This is so much fun,” Emma said, as she and the other youths made their way down the CYSS halls with Massey-Maroni, dressed as the Mouse King, and Arnold, dressed as a 19th century woman to accompany the cast members.

“I can’t wait for the show,” Emma said. “It will be even more fun.”

If You Go

What: SKIES Unlimited production of “The Nutcracker.”

When: Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.

Where: Evergreen Theater, 3405 2nd Division Drive, Lewis Main.

Cost: $5 each. Tickets can be purchased Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 4:15 to 7 p.m. at SKIES Unlimited, 6398 Garcia Blvd. Some tickets may be available at the door on the days of the production.

To learn more: 253-966-3539.

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