Sechelt, BC - The District of Sechelt recently awarded the Coasting Along Theatre Society with a Community Investment Program grant for $3,400. These funds will assist with repairing sets and replacing costumes for their production of the Nutcracker ballet.
The Coasting Along Theatre Society’s mission is to ignite and engage the community through presenting the Nutcracker ballet. They focus on broadening dance education and work directly with local dance schools to recruit student dancers for the annual performance. Presenting to sold-out crowds for seven seasons, the Nutcracker production has made a significant contribution to the appreciation for dance and theatre arts on the Sunshine Coast. In 2017, the Society launched an annual schools outreach program to allow hundreds of elementary school students to attend full productions of the ballet.
“The CIP grant program has been a huge benefit to the many organizations in Sechelt that make our community such a great place to live,” said Mayor Siegers. “We are a community that values the arts, so we are pleased to assist the Coasting Along Theatre’s production of the Nutcracker ballet, a beloved annual tradition here in Sechelt.”
This year the CIP Grant program provided $135,169 of funding to 23 local programs and services run by non-profit and charity organizations in Sechelt.
Pictured below, from left to right: student dancers Sophie Malcolmson and Natalie Martin; Coun. Alton Toth; Mayor Darnelda Siegers; artistic director of the Nutcracker, Kathleen Holmes; and student dancers Bronte Hansen and Karys Boschmann.