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Columbia Ballet brings ‘Nutcracker’ to FMU PAC

on Tuesday, 10 December 2019. Posted in News, Arts & Culture, Local News

Timeless holiday classic celebrates its 59th year of production

William Starrett and Columbia City Ballet and the School of Dance Art returns to Florence with South Carolina’s largest professional production of Nutcracker, presented by Executive and Artistic Director William Starett for the third year.

It charms the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center for one snow-filled performance on Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

The company presents its 59th year of performances in South Carolina, making this the longest, continuously running, performing arts event in this area. Let your holiday spirit soar with this festive, family-friendly ballet featuring a charming story and dancing guaranteed to captivate your imagination.

As the lights dim and the music heightens, let the magical world of Clara’s dream take you on an adventure through dazzling snowflakes, mischievous mice and dancing sweets!

“This is a production complete with astounding sets, scenery and hundreds of costumes — it’s a fully professional, once-in-a-lifetime holiday event” said Starrett.

Columbia City Ballet’s Nutcracker is the largest, continuously running, performing arts event produced in South Carolina, and will be touring nine cities across the Southeast this year.

Nutcracker is the story of a little girl, Clara, who receives a nutcracker as a Christmas gift from her uncle, Drosselmeyer. At the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve, Clara sees the nutcracker magically grow into a lifesize prince and battle the Mouse Queen. Clara throws her slipper at the Mouse Queen and saves the Prince. The two enter the magical Land of Sweets and meet the Sugar Plum Fairy, portrayed by South Carolina Ballet’s ballerina, Claire Williams. To honor Clara for having saved the Prince, sweets from all over the world perform for her. The celebration ends with a final waltz where visions of sugar plums dance in Clara’s head.

Tickets can be purchased at

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