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Despite the remoteness of Fairbanks, there are a decent number of performing arts venues in the city. In the summer, there are often events dedicated to local music as artists come out during the brief respite from sub-freezing weather to share their work. The Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival is the largest of these events, with many local artists, actors, writers, musicians and dancers showing off their craft.
The North Star Ballet, though not a full-fledged company, provides a creative outlet for some of the city’s most promising dancers through organized performances throughout the year, with a full-length Nutcracker program for the winter holidays and a Spring Gala featuring the school’s best dancers.
There are several theatres in Fairbanks. The drama club at University of Alaska Fairbanks puts on several performances a year at the campus’s Great Hall. The Fairbanks Light Opera Theater presents about four productions a season, two of which are main stage performances and another of which is usually a Christmas special. The theatre has their own live orchestra for shows, and also does community outreach programs such as summer youth acting classes. For more classical fare, try the Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre, which holds a winter Bard-a-thon, in which all of Shakespeare’s plays are given staged readings practically back-to-back, 24-hours-a-day for more an entire week. They also do a few performances throughout the year.