Backstage Pass – Behind the Scenes of Cascade Christmas – The Finale

Cascade Christmas, produced by the Dance Project under the direction of James Santos, has become a part of the holiday tradition for many North State families.

Filmmaker Tom Ramont gives us a 5-part series of short films, an inside look at what it takes to create a production of this magnitude, and reveals that our holiday tradition is a labor of love for James Santos and his Dance Project team.

Over the past 4 months we have made a new friend here at The Dance Project. His name is Tom Ramont. Every time we turn around, Tom is there in the corner, under a costume, behind a horse, with his camera capturing another moment of putting this show together. It has been a pleasure sharing our time together. Tom has shot over 30 hours of film for a future documentary giving viewers a true behind-the-scenes look at this year’s show. Thanks for staying tuned.

– James Santos

This is the final installment of Tom’s 5-part series of shorts for Here are links to parts 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Cascade Christmas opens Thanksgiving weekend for an eight-performance run.  For tickets, call the Cascade Theatre box office at (530) 243-8877 or visit

tom-ramontTom Ramont is a digital filmmaker who concentrates on producing documentaries and technical marketing films. He was inspired early on by the short films presented on Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, such as “How Crayons are Made.” Ramont creates simple films layered with humor and realism. He holds a B.A. in Cinema Studies and an M.A. in Creativity and Interdisciplinary Arts Education from San Francisco State University. Reach him at

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