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Dancers rehearse a piece from Whidbey Island Dance Theatre’s upcoming production of “The Nutcracker.”  - Ben Watanabe / The Record

“The Nutcracker,” where Whidbey Island dancers make beauty, grace, snowflakes, mice, and rehearsal look effortless

  • Nov 25, 2015 at 4:00PM

Beauty, power, grace, elegance and speed: the list of ways to describe the company of Whidbey Island Dance Theatre goes on while a select group of dancers rehearsed.


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A Walker Family Thanksgiving: Enjoy the agony/ecstasy of family holidays—from the sideline

  • Nov 17, 2015 at 6:00PM updated Nov 18, 2015 at 10:49AM

The Walkers would like to invite you over for Thanksgiving. Not for the actual meal or holiday, but as part of their one-night show, A Walker Family Thanksgiving, on Saturday, Nov. 21 at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley. Think of the Walkers like the von Trapps from “The Sound of Music” but fully American. Their sound is best described as folk Americana, or as pater familias Tom Walker said, “great, genetically-enhanced harmonies.”

Sarungano gives thanks, readies for more music development

  • Nov 11, 2015 at 2:00PM

The storytellers of Sarungano have quite the tale to tell. Dana Moffett, Leslie Breeden, Donita Crosby and Dyanne Harshman went to Zimbabwe earlier this year, largely thanks to donations and fundraising on South Whidbey, to perform with the African country’s traditional instruments and donate several to an orphanage. They have become ambassadors of music, trying to aid in the restoration of a custom stripped from the land’s native people.

A barrel of laughs and a barrel of beer: WICA hosts comedy competition, workshop, open mic

  • Nov 7, 2015 at 6:00AM

Making people laugh is a matter of truth for Ron Reid.

Here be dragons: WICA, Tears of Joy puppet show explains differences, acceptance — no strings attached

  • Nov 4, 2015 at 12:00PM

Art will attempt to pull at the heart strings of the audience with the help of real strings attached to puppets this Friday night. Whidbey Island Center for the Arts is bringing in a theater group to put on Kenneth Grahame’s “The Reluctant Dragon” as a puppet play in the first Family Series show of its 2015-16 season. The children’s story, first published in 1898, is about a boy who befriends a like-minded dragon. With the help of fabled dragon slayer St. George, they convince once-terrified townsfolk to accept the less-than-terrifying winged lizard.

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