Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Productions inspire local Christmas spirit

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Dec. 12, 2013 at 6:12 a.m.

Anticipation is building across the world. Christmas is approaching, and communities worldwide are beginning to celebrate in all of their own unique ways.

In Victoria, we have several traditions that we enjoy every year. One of those events is the yearly production of "The Nutcracker" by the Victoria Ballet Theatre. The performances will be 7:30 p.m Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $25 presale and $30 at the door.

Every year, the Victoria Ballet Theatre puts in an amazing amount of effort to create this delightful production for Victorians and Crossroads residents. The show features local dancers from the little children up to the starring role as well as nationally known guest artists and community members.

Part of the fun is seeing which community members will be chosen to guest star in the role of Mother Ginger. The role is played by many different people every year. A few of the past Mother Gingers are Kelly High, Tali Villafranca, Dr. Gary Fries, Patty Zapalac, Sherry Gorsuch, Andrew Schroer, Gerry Durocher, Steve Carroll, David Murphy, Lance Harlan, Louis Lowe, Ashley Walyuchow, Denise Rangel, Ginger Henry, Stephen McHaney, Shawna Curry, Tony Winstead, Keith Henke and the Victoria Advocate's own editor Chris Cobler.

The production is an amazing success that we are impressed to see reproduced year after year. But "The Nutcracker" is not the only production put on to celebrate the holidays. Theatre Victoria will also present "Winter Wonderland." The show is a revue of seasonal favorites featuring songs including "We Need a Little Christmas," "Joy to the World," "White Christmas," "Here Comes Santa Claus," "Carol of the Bells," "Last Christmas," "Santa Baby" and more, according to the Theatre Victoria website. The production will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19-21 and 2 p.m. Dec. 22 in the Welder Center and costs $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $19 for students and military.

These are two fantastic offerings from the fine arts community of Victoria, and we applaud everyone involved for bringing these performances to life. We look forward to seeing local talent take the stage once again. If you are having trouble getting in the Christmas spirit or just want to have some fun, take a break from all the shopping and decorating to enjoy one or both of these productions.

Celebrate the holidays by supporting arts in our community. We hope to see standing ovations every night.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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