Olympic Performance Group has a reputation for innovation and originality. Since our first production of The Nutcracker in 2005, our vision has been to provide unique and exciting twists on classic stories by collaborating with local talent of all ages, not only from Bainbridge Island, but also from the surrounding communities.
For eleven seasons, we brought our signature production, The Nutcracker, to the Kitsap Community. Over the years, we’ve had casts of over 80 performers and audiences of over 1600. Dancers of all types﹘ballet, contemporary, hip hop, tap, ballroom﹘as well as actors, gymnasts, stilt walkers, and trapeze artists have collaborated to bring each production to life. From our performers, to our costumes and props (larger-than-life dogs, Chinese dragons, tutus glowing with lights), to our settings (1920’s Jazz era; 19th century France; the Far East and most recently Famous Fairytales), surprised our audience every year.
In addition to The Nutcracker, we have performed original productions of Cinderella (2008) and The Toymaker’s Doll (2009), hosted the National Dance week event “Make Your Move” (2007), which included a week of events such as dance workshops and performances, and presented a repertory performance with a series of professional choreographers (2012). In 2017, we collaborated with the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra in bringing excerpts from Swan Lake and The Firebird to local audiences. In 2018 OPG and Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra teamed up to commission a piece for the Winter Concert. Members of the Senior Orchestra performed alongside OPG dancers who presented a new work choreographed by Maureen Wheeler set to Barber’s Adagio for Strings.
Part of OPG’s mission is to expose young dancers and performers to theatrical experiences that can enrich their lives. We have achieved this, in part, through our collaboration with several professional guest artists: Ivan Koumaev of “So You Think You Can Dance”; Caring Clowns International professional actor, Guy Sidora; tap artist, Brenda Bufalino of New York; New York Theater Ballet dancer, Gareth Scott; and Yin Le, a former principle at the Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Our vision for the future is to continue providing these vital learning and performance opportunities for youth of all ages through a variety of stage productions, workshops, and intensives the whole year long. From 2016-2018, Arts and Humanities Bainbridge, whose mission is to help the arts flourish in our community generously supported us as an umbrella non-profit organization. With their support, Olympic Performance Group was able to fundraise while working toward independent 501(c)(3) non-profit status which we secured in 2018.