On Stage

Ballet Blowout

A regional roundup of talent

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Delci Syvertson is only 17, but she’s already been studying ballet for six years. At 18, Henry Winslow has a year more under his pointe shoes. But the two dancers have more than that in common. Both are high school seniors studying at Whatcom Community College through Running Start, as well as performers in the Portland Ballet’s Spring Concert happening May 26-27 at Portland State University. It’s understandable if you can’t make it to Oregon this weekend to see what the duo have learned at the ballet company’s Career Track program for pre-professionals who want to pursue a dance career, but keep an eye out locally for Syvertson and Winslow, as they’re obviously going places. Info: http://www.theportlandballet.org

Closer to home, Northwest Ballet Theater presents showings of Alice in Wonderland Fri.-Sat., June 3-4 at the Mount Baker Theatre. The original ballet by choreographer John Bishop was first presented last spring, and is now making a triumphant return to the stage. Hailey Forsberg, 21, plays the title role, and is joined by more than 40 cast members, a canny crew and special effects sure to send you straight down the rabbit hole. Info: http://www.northwestballet.org

The following weekend, make your way over the border for Vancouver Coastal City Ballet’s rendition of Giselle happening Fri., June 9 at the Surrey Arts Centre. In addition to showing off its emerging company of dancers from around the world, audiences can also see Bellingham resident Mary From share her moves. From commutes to Vancouver for rehearsals on a regular basis, and would appreciate the hometown support. Info: http://www.coastalcityballet.com

Ballet is also one of the dance forms that will be highlighted that same weekend at Harper & I’s production of “Seasons” June 9-10 back at the Mount Baker Theatre. Additionally, audiences can expect to see contemporary moves, hip-hop, jazz and tap on the lineup. The nighttime shows celebrate the company’s sixth birthday, and feature dancers of all ages who have been working diligently to perfect original choreography by Harper & I’s faculty, as well as that of guest instructors. Info: http://www.harperandi.com

The following night—Sun., June 11—one of the most adored stories of all time comes to life at Ballet Bellingham’s production of Cinderella, also at the Mount Baker Theatre. Astounding costumes, graceful choreography and a touch of humor will make appearances during the viewing of the rags-to-riches fairytale, so plan your life accordingly. “We wanted our production of Cinderella to be entertaining and enchanting for audiences of all ages,” artistic director Jessica Crook says.  “Watching these dancers bring this story to life has been a joy.” Info: http://www.balletbellingham.com

West Coast
More On Stage...
Song and Dance
From Broadway to Bellingham

Thanks to the miracle of flight, it’s possible to leave the Pacific Northwest in the morning and be across the country and on the streets of New York City by the end of the day. In fact, you could be watching a Broadway show by nightfall.

Another option is to reduce your carbon footprint…

more »
Home Stretch
Kickstarting the Sylvia Center

Like so many in the Bellingham community, the loss of musician Lucas Hicks last fall hit Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao hard.

It’s one reason he moved to have the largest theater space in the growing Sylvia Center for the Arts named after the man who was an inspiration to pretty much everyone he…

more »
DPS Fest
An improv intensive

When it comes to college curriculums, it’s generally not advisable to tell students they can make up answers as they go along.

The dynamic changes, however, when collegians seeking a creative outlet—or simply a break from their books—turn their attention to the art of improvisation.…

more »
Daffodil Festival

10:00am|La Conner and the Skagit Valley

The Book of Moron

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

Adventures and Brawls

8:00pm|Upfront Theatre

Pancake Breakfast

8:00am|American Legion Hall

NSEA Work Party

9:00am|Squalicum Creek Park

Native Plant Sale & Expo

9:00am|Whatcom Community College

Walk for Water

10:00am|Fairhaven Village Green

Rock & Gem Club Show

10:00am|Bloedel Donovan Community Center

March for Our Lives

10:00am|Bellingham City Hall

Whatcom County Democrats Convention

10:00am|Bellingham High School

Starting Your Vegetable Garden

10:00am|Blaine Library

Tax Help Available

12:30pm| First Congregational Church


1:00pm|Lincoln Theatre

Spring Show Opening Reception

2:00pm|River Gallery

Native Plants & Birds

2:00pm|Ferndale Library

A Conversation with Alan Friedlob

3:00pm|Deming Library

The Passage Home to Meuse

4:00pm|Lynden Village Books

Contra Dance

7:00pm| Fairhaven Library

Shantala and Friends

7:00pm|Presence Studio

Memory's Blade

7:00pm|Village Books

Ballroom Dance

7:30pm|Bellingham Senior Activity Center

Village Books
Daffodil Festival

10:00am|La Conner and the Skagit Valley

Rock & Gem Club Show

10:00am|Bloedel Donovan Community Center

Rabbit Ride

8:00am|Fairhaven Bicycle

Audubon at the Museum

1:30pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Local Bird and Plant Walk

2:00pm|Chuckanut Center

An Afternoon with Jack Gunter

2:00pm| Maple Hall

Whatcom Symphony Orchestra

3:00pm|Mount Baker Theatre

The Story of Big Ole

3:00pm|Everson Library

Art of Jazz

4:00pm|The Majestic


4:00pm|Village Books

Take Me to Church

8:00pm|Rumors Cabaret

Village Books A Chorus Line
Daffodil Festival

10:00am|La Conner and the Skagit Valley

Bellingham at Home Informational Meeting

1:00pm|Bellingham Senior Activity Center

Cuban Salsa

6:00pm|Bell Tower Studios

Monday Night Pizza

6:00pm|Ciao Thyme

Choosing a Diet for Optimal Health

6:30pm|Community Food Co-op

Open Mic Night

7:00pm|Village Books


8:00pm|Bellingham Public Library

see our complete calendar »

Best Of Skagit A Chorus Line Cabaret Cascadia Weekly Subscribe Ad 1 Village Books Trove Web