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• Beatles tribute celebrates “Sgt. Pepper” • Tacoma City Ballet brings economic clout to Federal Way •Federal Way’s first Hearing Loop • Local music makers find new home


The Performing Arts and Event Center features broad expanses of glass—20-feet-tall—that open the building to its surroundings and allow the community to look inside. Our in-house event management, world class event areas and theater located just off I-5 will ensure your next event is one to remember. Call now to reserve your date.

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Theresa Yvonne, executive director of the new Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center: “It’s been a labor of love, and the community has been waiting for this for a really long time.”


n behalf of the City of Federal Way and the innumerable community members who have worked for nearly 30 years to make this beautiful center possible, we would like to welcome you to your Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center! Beginning with a mind-blowing tribute to “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” performed by RAIN - A Tribute to the Beatles, and presented by the Federal Way Performing Arts Foundation, this season will take us around the world. Germán López will bring us to the beaches of the Canary Islands and the Golden Dragon Acrobats will demonstrate the best of Chinese-style gymnastics, while The Ten Tenors will bring us a piece of “down under.”

In addition to myriad performances by world-class touring groups, we also have the honor of presenting the work of our resident arts organizations including the Federal Way Chorale, Federal Way Symphony, Federal Way Youth Symphony, Harmony Kings, Jet Cities Chorus and the Tacoma City Ballet. In conjunction, our Arts 4 Youth program will bring the power of the performing arts to the students of Federal Way every year. Our 46,000-square-foot Performing Arts and Event Center boasts expansive walls of windows allowing dramatic views of downtown Federal Way, Town Square Park and Mount Rainier, providing ample opportunity to celebrate the best of the Pacific Northwest all year long. We have capacity for up to 716 in our theater and up to three adjoining private event rooms for wedding receptions, corporate functions, and community gatherings. Located just a short 20 minutes south of SeaTac airport, the PAEC is an ideal location for regional seminars or corporate presentations. This is truly a space built by and for the people of Federal Way and South King County. Thank you so much for your commitment to us, to the arts, and to a bright future for Federal Way. Here’s to sharing many beautiful memories together!

Theresa Yvonne Executive Director, Performing Arts and Event Center


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takes the stage The Performing Arts and Event Center has partnered with several Federal Way music makers for multiple shows in the 2017-2018 season. - Leading the pack is the Federal Way Symphony, which had long performed at St. Luke’s Church. Led by Maestro A. Brian Davenport and established in 1983, the symphony shows the love for great music ranging from pure classical to New Orleans jazz. The PAEC Premier Debut is Oct. 7-8 and includes Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with soloist Anastasia Dedik, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 featuring the Federal Way Chorale, Symphony Singers and the Boeing Employees Choir. Other symphony shows this season include Handel’s Messiah on Nov. 19; Holiday Pops on Dec. 2 and 3; Flavor of New Orleans on March 3; Season Finale with violinist Marjorie Kransberg-Talvi on April 7 and 8. - The Jet Cities Chorus has been singing sweet songs in Federal Way for more than 30 years. The chorus sings four-part, A cappella harmony in a barbershop style. Their Oct. 28 fall show will feature the GQ Quartet, a Baltimore-based female barbershop-style group that has appeared on “A Prairie Home Companion.” - The Federal Way Chorale will warm the coldest ears at its winter performance with a number of Christmas pieces - some lesser known, like Nelhybel’s “Estampie Natalis.” The Dec. 9 show includes an orchestra to accompany the emotionally moving songs of the winter season. In the May 18 spring concert, the Chorale will deliver American classics from black composers including selections from “Porgy and Bess.” - The Federal Way Harmony Kings stand among music royalty in the South Sound. The men’s barbershop chorus has been performing for more than 56 years at local events and are well-known for their four-part harmonies and Singing Valentines. The group will present its 57th Annual Show on May 19 and will pay homage to the Pacific Northwest. Top to bottom: Piano soloist Anastasia Dedik will perform at the Federal Way Symphony’s PAEC opener Oct. 7-8; Federal Way Symphony Maestro A. Brian Davenport; Federal Way Harmony Kings; Jet Cities Chorus.

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FAST FACTS ABOUT THE PAEC • Owned by City of Federal Way • Built by Garco Construction • Designed by LMN Architects of Seattle • $32.7 million project cost The Performing Arts and Event Center is located at 31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way South, Federal Way, WA 98003. For tickets and information, visit www.fwpaec.org or call 253-835-7010.

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RESOURCES: Information for the reports in this magazine came from Federal Way Mirror staff reports and the City of Federal Way. Extra copies are available at City Hall, the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce or at the Mirror’s office.

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For tickets and details about this season’s performances, visit www.fwpaec.org or call 253-835-7010. Tickets can also be purchased at the box office from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at 31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way S. Pictured: Roland Carette-Meyers, patron services coordinator for the PAEC, previously worked as the group sales manager for the Seattle Repertory Theatre and graduated from Seattle University with a Master of Fine Arts in arts leadership. MIRROR STAFF PHOTO

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schedule (pronounced “tim-play”), a five-string instrument that looks like a ukulele and orginates from the Canary Islands. This classically-trained musical virtuoso will perform Sept. 17.

RAIN - A Tribute to The Beatles

This quartet will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s groundbreaking album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” with a Broadway-caliber note-for-note rendition in all its psychedelic glory. The Sept. 9 show also covers classics such as “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Let It Be,” “Come Together” and “Hey Jude” - all with costume changes and backdrop of special effects and footage. The Associated Press reported that the show is “the next best thing to seeing The Beatles.”

Germán López

Hailing from Gran Canaria off the coast of Africa, Germán López is a renowned master of the timple

Kronos Quartet

The Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet will present its spin on contemporary and classical compositions that combine “a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually re-imagining the string quartet.” Kronos Quartet has been performing for more than 40 years and has performed with an eclectic range of artists. The quartet’s Nov. 4 show will continue with that tradition, described by The New Yorker as proving that a string quartet “could become a kind of all-terrain vehicle in contemporary culture.”

Storm Large

Portland-based singer Storm Large and her new band, Le Bonheur, will deliver a Dec. 1 concert “seething with their sublime and subversive interpretations of the American Songbook.” Large, who has performed with symphonies around the country, came to national attention on the reality TV show “Rock Star: Supernova.” She has toured around the world with the band Pink Martini, and is also an actor and author who published a one-woman show titled “Crazy Enough.”

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Branford Marsalis Quartet

Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and jazz legend Branford Marsalis will bring his

In the springtime, Tacoma City Ballet delivers comedy, magic and romance with the classic fairy tale “Cinderella.” Just like with “Nutcracker,” Artistic director Erin M. Ceragioli and Tacoma City Ballet Orchestra Maestro Bernard Kwiram are presenting the show in a grand classical style with gorgeous scenery and lavish costumes. Show runs April 2829 and May 5-6.

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revered quartet to Federal Way on April 13 for an evening of original tunes that blend the modern with the classic. Marsalis received the NEA Jazz Masters Award in 2011 and was nominated for a Tony Award in 2010 for writing the original score for August Wilson’s “Fences.”

Tacoma City Ballet

This holiday season, Tacoma City Ballet will perform the family favorite “The Nutcracker and The Tale of The Hard Nut” for two weekends: Dec. 15-17 and Dec. 21-23. With the timeless score by Peter Tchaikovsky, this performance stays faithful to the original choreography from Russia in 1892.

Singer-songwriter and author Rosanne Cash along with her husband and collaborator John Leventhal will deliver an evening of acoustic music from her deep catalog. The Jan. 27 show will delight fans of country and Americana music while Cash celebrates her Southern heritage and famous family’s roots


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Tom Papa

Stand-up comedian Tom Papa has been rubbing shoulders with the biggest names in comedy for more than two decades. He hosts a Sirius/XM radio show called “Come to Papa” and lists one of his occupations on Wikipedia as “candlestick maker.” Papa, who comes to Federal Way on Feb. 17, has also made numerous film and TV appearances.

Tiempo Libre

Afro-Caribbean group Tiempo Libre is one of today’s hottest Latin bands. At their Feb. 23 show in Federal Way, this Grammy-nominated group will deliver its trademark mix of jazz harmonies and Latin rhythms.

Celtic Nights: Oceans of Hope

Direct from Ireland, this Feb. 25 production explores family and the way people move across oceans to pursue their dreams and a better life. The epic story is told through song, music, dance and narration.

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The TEN Tenors

Ambiguous Dance Company

Choreographer Kim Bo-ram and dancer Jang Kyeong-min lead an exciting group that expresses life through movement and rhythm. They take the stage June 8.

Once called Australia’s vocal wonder from down under, this group will present “Wish You Were Here,” which celebrates musical legends who were lost before their time. The March 24 show in Federal Way will include some of the world’s all-time songs ranging from classic rock tunes to today’s hits.

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PAEC delivers Federal Way’s first Hearing Loop for hearing-impaired patrons In a first for Federal Way, the Performing Arts and Event Center comes with Hearing Loop technology for patrons who live with hearing loss. The system sends the voices of performers from their microphones directly into hearing aids or cochlear implants. Hearing Loops reduce background noise and send pure sound to devices that are equipped with telecoil hearing aid technology. The Performing Arts and Event Center is the first such facility in Federal Way to offer this user-friendly technology. With the Hearing Loops, patrons can sit anywhere and tap into the system with a simple switch on their hearing devices. “It’s a real empowerment to people who have hearing loss,” said Cheri Perazzoli of the Hearing Loss Association of Washington, during a recent tour of the arts center. Perazzoli is also part of an organization called Let’s Loop Seattle, whose goal is to make Washington state the “most hearing-friendly place in America.” The organization has

Cheri Perazzoli, left, of the Hearing Loss Association of Washington praises the Hearing Loop technology during an Aug. 3 tour of the Performing Arts and Event Center.

published a comprehensive guide to “looped” places in the state. “It’s extremely difficult to find facilities that accommodate people with hearing loss,” she said, noting that Hearing Loops are more desirable than a sign language interpreter. “We work hard to get the message out about assisted listening technology.”

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Before and After … An abandoned Toys R Us building (shown in this 2013 file photo) was razed in 2014 to make way for the Performing Arts and Event Center at the northeast corner of Pete von Reichbauer Way and South 316th Street.

Pictured left to right: State Sen. Joe Fain, King County Councilman Pete von Reichbauer, Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell, Deputy Mayor Jeanne Burbidge, and local arts advocate Joann Piquette at the site’s groundbreaking in 2015.

The new facility held its official ribbon cutting Aug. 19. Federal Way leaders hope the PAEC will boost surrounding commercial development in the “downtown core.” The City Council recently agreed to sell an adjacent parcel - which includes an abandoned former Target store - to a developer who intends to build a hotel.

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(one adult chaperone per 10 students is required). “Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay” This true story focuses on Ada Rios, who longs to play the violin and finally fulfills her dreams with help from a music teacher named Favio Chavez. Show begins at 10 a.m. Oct. 30 and is intended for students in Pre-K to third grade. Golden Dragon Acrobats The fast-paced and technically innovative Golden Dragon Acrobats are elite performers who channel a tradition that dates back 25 centuries. Show begins at 10 a.m. Jan. 18, 2018, and is intended for students in Pre-K through 12th grade. “Velveteen Rabbit” The PushCart Players present the classic tale of a young boy’s love for his Velveteen Rabbit - and the adventures they take together through dark caves to the wide open sea. Show begins at 10 a.m. Jan. 24, 2018, and is intended for students in Pre-K to third grade. “Treasure Island” Panto Theater USA presents an action-packed tale of pirates, treasure and swashbuckling as seen through the eyes of Jim Hawkins, the cabin boy of the Hispaniola. Show begins at 10 a.m. March 30, 2018, and is intended for students in third through seventh grades.

The inaugural gala fundraiser on Sept. 9, “RAIN - A Tribute to the Beatles,” will benefit the Federal Way Performing Arts Foundation. The nonprofit foundation’s mission is to advance, enhance and enrich performing arts in the Federal Way community. This year, the foundation is creating a scholarship and bus fund for the ARTS 4 Youth program, which will help more than 10,000 students in South King County attend performances at the PAEC. The program has an Come to our educational component that is designed to encourage a lifelong appreciation of the arts. Saturday October 7th 7:30 pm Reservations are being accepted for or Sunday October 8th 2:00 pm this season’s ARTS 4 Youth performances. Tickets are $5 per student and are intended for school groups with 10 or more students

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The Federal Way Symphony is proud to be the resident orchestra in the new Performing Arts and Event Center.

A great symphony bringing great musicians and great music to Federal Way Shostakovich, Festive Overture Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 with soloist Anastasia Dedik, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 featuring Federal Way Chorale, Symphony Singers, & Boeing Employees Choir


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Development Federal Way Coalition of the Performing Arts was organized to promote and raise funds towards a large PAEC in the city.



The former Toys R Us site at the northeast corner of 20th Avenue South (now Pete von Reichbauer Way) and South 316th Street was chosen as the location. Utilizing a nearly $5 million award the city received from the state for this project, the Federal Way City Council voted to purchase the site.


Federal Way City Council listed PAEC as top legislative priority for 2009.

Dec. 2010

Federal Coalition of the Performing Arts surpassed its goal of $100,000 and raised $126,525 in pledges during combination concert and fundraising “Rally for the Arts” event.

July 2011

LMN Architects from Seattle was chosen to design the PAEC.

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Mayor Jim Ferrell announced the appointment of Theresa Yvonne as the executive director of the PAEC. She was formely the manager of the 794-seat Lancaster Performing Arts Center in Southern California.

July 2014

Demolition of the former Toys R Us building began. The building had sat vacant since 2006. A crowd of the core arts community joined city officials as Mayor Jim Ferrell took the controls of the backhoe and knocked down a section of the front wall. The crowd applauded as the bricks tumbled.

Feb. 2015

Federal Way Coalition of the Performing Arts partnered with Shari Song, Rick King and the Korean-American community to organize a festive fundraiser that raised more than $50,000.

June 2015

Federal Way City Council unanimously voted to authorize the construction bid for the PAEC. City Council later voted 6-1 to authorize city staff to apply for a $3.03 million federal loan.

July 2015

City of Federal Way received eight responsive bids for construction of the PAEC.

Aug. 2015

Completion of project’s design and bid documents; bidding began Aug. 17 and ran through Sept. 19.

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Oct. 2015–Sept.9 Construction began on the nearly $33 million building.

Oct. 2015

Theater walls in building completed.

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July 2016

$2 million goes toward the PAEC from the “Kingdome surplus.”

City officials learned they were one step closer to receiving New Markets Tax Credits, which is federal funding that would help pay off $33.18 million. Of the $9.5 million in allocations, the city will net a little over $2 million.

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Federal Way officials announce opening day of the PAEC is Aug. 19. Also, in a quick online poll, the Federal Way Mirror asked readers: Do you think the PAEC will add value to Federal Way? 81.1 percent said yes (206 votes) and 18.9 percent said no (48 votes).

Jan. 2017

May 2017

Federal Way Tacoma City Ballet Mayor Jim Ferrell announces it is awarded Joann moving the annual Piquette the Key to “Nutcracker” show the City, praising from Tacoma to the her “indomitable PAEC. Also, Federal spirit” in making Way Coalition of the Performing Arts the Performing Arts and Event Center a announced the reality. Piquette has group has raised been an advocate for $1.1 million for the construction of a the facility. Funds performing arts center include $35,600 in since before the city’s commitments and 1990 incorporation. $20,000 grants Also, by the end of from 4Culture. this month, the city had spent $13.3 million in construction costs, and had a remaining $8 million.

The Federal Way City Council unanimously voted to approve the purchase and sale agreement between the city and Ottone-Salinas Inc. to turn the old Target parcel that’s adjacent to the PAEC into a hotel.

June 2017

The PAEC announces its inaugural season lineup.

July 2017

“RAIN - A Tribute to The Beatles” will officially open the PAEC’s inaugural season with a gala and fundraiser to benefit the Federal Way Performing Arts Foundation.

Aug. 19 2017

Sept. 9 2017

City Officials officially cut the ribbon for the 716-seat PAEC.

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Elevenplay brings drones and lasers to PAEC Elevenplay is a Tokyo-based movement and media collective creating stunningly beautiful and innovative expressions of the body. Using technologies such as drones, robot arms, lasers, glowing cubes and iPads, Elevenplay is expanding the scope of what a dance ensemble can communicate in the 21st century. The group’s lead choreographer, Mikiko, is well-known in Japanese dance circles, having choreographed for the Japanese metal group Babymetal; the girl group Sakura Gakuin; and the pop group Perfume. Elevenplay, which performs at 8 p.m. Feb. 2 in Federal Way, was the stand-out act in the second audition episode of “America’s Got Talent” in 2016.



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The Mirror congratulates Federal Way and partners for bringing the Performing Arts and Event Center to fruition. This brand new facility will be a cultural and economic game-changer that enhances our community’s quality of life. We look forward to the PAEC’s success and its potential to invigorate our great city. Be sure to pick up the Mirror every Friday or visit federalwaymirror.com for updates on local arts and entertainment.

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RAIN - A Tribute to The Beatles, which has drawn widespread praise for its faithful renditions of the Fab Four’s classic compositions, will kick off the Performing Arts and Event Center’s inaugural season Sept. 9.


ike most people of his generation, RAIN founder Mark Lewis said his love for The Beatles dates back to Feb. 9, 1964, when the band performed on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Lewis played keyboards for the original incarnation of RAIN, which started in the 1970s as a Southern California bar band. Lewis continued to manage and grow the act eventually achieving national fame and finishing a successful run on Broadway. Lewis recently chatted with the Mirror from his home in Reno, Nevada, about everything from the timeless appeal of The Beatles to using modern technology to reproduce “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” note for note. Here are some excerpts from the conversation. How has learning The Beatles catalog made you a better musician? When it comes to honing rock n’ roll fundamentals, The

Beatles are “your main study,” Lewis said. “The Beatles are the backbone, the heart of what contemporary music is. It’s great songwriting, great lyrics, great melodies.” This helps explain the band’s enduring popularity, he said. “The Beatles started the trend of writing their own music and playing their own instruments and singing their own songs,” said Lewis, noting the band’s prolific album output and evolution between 1964 and their breakup six years later. “They wrote great songs and had great arrangements.” What is the most difficult Beatles song to reproduce live? “A difficult one would be ‘A Day in the Life,’ the last track off ‘Sgt. Pepper,’ with its backwards tapes and orchestration and weird sounds and different moods,” he said. At one time, before the digital revolution, Lewis and his fellow musicians would emulate rather than duplicate The Beatles’ songs. Through trial and error, and with the help of modern technology, Lewis has been able to hone the right tones and nuances. Technology allows RAIN to tear apart arrangements and isolate tracks in order to hear every handclap or cowbell, for example. Other programs help RAIN nail down the Fab Four’s signature harmonies. “It’s very easy to play The Beatles poorly,” he said, laughing. “Anybody can go out and buy a songbook and plunk through a Beatles song. But to do it right, it takes a lot

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of time and patience.” He also said RAIN learns all the songs by ear, rather than relying on sheet music. “None of the sheet music that I’ve seen is accurate,” Lewis said. “We mostly study the albums and live concerts.” What’s the most underrated Beatles song or album? “I don’t consider any of them underrated because there are so few of them,” he said. “How do you compare ‘Meet The Beatles’ with ‘Revolver’ with ‘Sgt. Pepper’ with ‘Let It Be?’” On that note, Lewis also said it’s hard to classify the individual members’ musical styles because of their versatility. “Some people say John Lennon was edgier, but Paul McCartney was prettier,” he said. “But then how do you describe Paul singing ‘Helter

“Vinyl is the real sound of how I grew up with The Beatles…” – MARK LEWIS, RAIN FOUNDER

Skelter’ and John singing ‘In My Life?’” He added that George Harrison was the more transcendental Beatle who “went more inside of himself. You can hear the Far East influence.” Have you met any real Beatles? “I have not, unless you want to consider Pete Best,” said Lewis, referring to the band’s original drummer before Ringo Starr took over. Lewis said he was playing a small Beatles festival in Miami where Pete Best had been hired to sign autographs. The two were able to visit and get to know each other a bit. “You don’t want to ask him the obvious stuff like, ‘How did it feel to

get kicked out of The Beatles,’” Lewis said. “But I was impressed by the fact that he’s over it. He doesn’t have a chip on his shoulder or anger or anything. I was impressed by that.” Do you prefer digital or vinyl when listening to The Beatles? “Vinyl is the real sound of how I grew up with The Beatles,” he said. “On a practical level, I’d say the digital format makes more sense, but if you want a more original version of what The Beatles sounded like, I’d say vinyl because that’s the format they mixed for when they recorded.” Although he was impressed with the clean sound of the CD versions, Lewis may have some regret about not hanging onto those original Beatles releases from the 1960s. “If I knew then what I know now,” he said, “I would have taken better care of my Beatles records.”

Each scholar: a voicE. a drEam. a bright futurE. rom the early years to persistence to graduation, Federal Way Public Schools offers rich experiences in the arts. We support our scholars to be Active Learners: Engaged, Empowered Critical Thinkers, Goal 3 of our Strategic Plan.



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The arts can be a critical economic driver for communities like Federal Way.


ccording to a study by Americans for the Arts, the average local arts patron will spend $19.53 beyond the show’s ticket price, while attendees from outside the region will spend about $40 beyond the cost of a show. Keep this in mind when the Tacoma City Ballet brings “The Nutcracker” and “Cinderella” to Federal Way this season. After 33 years at the Pantages Theater, the ballet company’s signature shows are moving 12 miles up the road to Federal Way’s new Performing Arts and Event Center. The relocation is a result of a 10-day rental limit at the Pantages that ended up limiting ticket revenue, said Erin Ceragioli, artistic director for Tacoma City Ballet. She said Tacoma City Ballet has generated nearly $3 million every Christmas season in downtown Tacoma. “People come down there, they go to shops, they spend their money,” she said, adding that the ballet’s audience is loyal. “Our audience from Tacoma will follow us. That economic generation that we had in Tacoma will now go to Federal Way.” Ceragioli is excited to be part of the PAEC’s official Tacoma City Ballet puts a different spin on the classic ballet written by Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky - by recreating the original scenery and costumes through painstaking research.

resident dance company. She said the Federal Way facility comes with perks like a bigger stage and bigger orchestra pit along with on-site catering and convenient parking for patrons. “We will be performing in Federal Way as often as we possibly can,” she said. “The Tacoma City Ballet is thrilled to be here.” The actual show that’s coming to Federal Way in December is called “The Nutcracker and The Tale of the Hard Nut.” Ceragioli said Tacoma City Ballet puts a different spin on the classic ballet written by Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky - by recreating the original scenery and costumes through painstaking research. “Our sets are what you saw in Russia in 1892,” she said. “It tells this whole beautiful story, and it’s still the “Nutcracker” music, just put in a different order. It is the only one in the United States that would have original scenery and costumes.” “The Nutcracker” stands the test of time because of its association with the holidays, she said, noting that it is the most attended ballet in the country. “For a lot of our families, ‘Nutcracker’ has become a family tradition,” she said. “It’s cross-generational - it goes from the very old to very young. It appeals to everybody.”

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