Columbia City Ballet brings its ‘Nutcracker’ to Florence
The Columbia City Ballet celebrates its 50th anniversary production of its award-winning “Nutcracker.” Executive and Artistic Director, William Starrett, has created a captivating performance which waltzes to Francis Marion University’s Performing Arts Center for one performance on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m., just in time for the holiday season.
First performed by the Columbia City Ballet in 1967, the company presents its 50th anniversary production, making it the longest, continuously running, performing arts event in South Carolina. In its anniversary year, Nutcracker will be touring eight cities across the Southeast. The company’s 29 professional dancers will share the stage with over 150 local children, ages 4 to 16, and will feature critically acclaimed professional dancers.
“This is a professional production replete with sets, scenery, and costumes.” Starrett says. “This isn’t just a ‘go to it because your neighbor is in it’ kind of experience – it’s a fully professional, once-in-a-lifetime holiday event.”
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, Regina Willoughby. 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.
Columbia City Ballet’s 50th anniversary production of Nutcracker will be at Francis Marion University ‘s Performing Arts Center for one performance only on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased at www.fmupac.org/event/nutcracker-columbia-city-ballet/, at the box office or by calling 843-661-1720.
Columbia City Ballet’s mission is to offer South Carolina and Southeastern audiences the highest quality ballet. South Carolina can proudly claim one of the strongest and most versatile ballet companies in the Southeast.
Since the Columbia City Ballet’s founding in 1961, it has integrated the world of dance within the community as the largest performing arts organization in the state.