Sugarplum Fairy Aija Nelson gets a hand from Nutcracker Prince Chance McClendon during the Nutcracker ballet performance by Portside Academy of Performing Arts Saturday in Port McNeill.

Sugarplum Fairy Aija Nelson gets a hand from Nutcracker Prince Chance McClendon during the Nutcracker ballet performance by Portside Academy of Performing Arts Saturday in Port McNeill.

A magic night

Portside Academy of Performing Arts presents its annual Nutcracker ballet performance.

PORT McNEILL—Candy canes, snowflakes and giant mice came to life and danced away the evening last weekend as Portside Academy of Performing Arts hosted its annual presentation of the Nutcracker ballet at Sunset Elementary School.

It was the seventh annual show, directed and choreographed by Alana Collins and featuring local youth performers in all roles in performances Friday and Saturday evenings.

See this week’s Gazette for more images from the event …