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.
This is our eleventh season of bringing 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), we aim to surprise our audience every year. We have even staged an intimate interactive production in which the audience was surrounded by the action. At an OPG production, you will never see the same Nutcracker twice! As a result, our audience includes members from Bainbridge, Kitsap County, and Seattle who return year after year to see what wonders are in store. We also extended our community outreach by donating nearly 100 tickets to Fishline and Helpline this past season, allowing numerous families to enjoy a holiday performance, and began the Barbara Cramer Scholarship Fund to allow local youth who may not be able to afford our performance fees, the opportunity to participate in OPG.
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). This past season, we collaborated with the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra in bringing excerpts from Swan Lake and The Firebird to local audiences. We also brought in the element of dance to the Arts & Humanities Gala with a dynamic contemporary piece.
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, not only through our Nutcracker tradition that so many in the community look forward to each December, but also through a variety of stage productions, workshops, and intensives the whole year long. In support of this vision, during the last year we came under the umbrella of Arts and Humanities Bainbridge, whose mission is to help the arts flourish in our community. With their support, Olympic Performance Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit allowing full tax deductions for contributions made on its behalf.