“Victorian Nutcracker” returns to Performing Arts Center stage

Sanford’s Camille Alipalo ’22 performs at alma mater in her sixth season with the Portland Ballet

Press release from the sanford performing arts center

The Portland Ballet returns to the Sanford Performing Arts Center with its holiday classic, “A Victorian Nutcracker” on Saturday, Dec. 10. There will be two shows, a 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

A show for all ages, “A Victorian Nutcracker” retells the classic story of a young girl’s Christmas Eve dream, inspired by the gift of a mysterious nutcracker.

In this production, 2022 Sanford High School graduate Camille Alipalo returns to Sanford in her sixth season with Portland Ballet. Now a first-year student at the University of Southern Maine, she is also under professional contract as a trainee with the Portland Ballet. This year Alipalo is cast as a party mom, a snowflake, a flower in the Waltz of the Flowers and a demi-soloist.

Alipalo started dancing at age of seen with Ballet Philippines. At age 10, she was promoted to a full scholar with their training program. After moving to the U.S. in 2017, Camille began training with Portland Ballet.

Portland Ballet’s staging pulls characters from Portland’s past, set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. Come and witness playful battle scenes between toy soldiers and the Mouse King’s army, travel through the land of sweets to be dazzled by dancing snowflakes, and meet the Sugar Queen Fairy. Make Portland Ballet’s A Victorian Nutcracker a Sanford holiday tradition for you, your friends, and family!

Tickets range in price from $35 to $47 for adults, with discounts for students, seniors and subscribers. Call the box office at (207) 206-1126, or visit in person Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-noon. Online ticketing is available 24/7 at www.sanfordpac.org.

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