Columbia City brings its fully professional, award-winning Nutcracker to Florence The timeless holiday tradition returns to Florence for its 51st production
The Columbia City Ballet returns award-winning Nutcracker to Florence for its 51st production of the cherished holiday classic. Executive and Artistic Director, William Starrett, has created a captivating performance, which waltzes onto Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center stage on Tuesday, December 11 for one special performance at 7:30 p.m.
This year’s Nutcracker performance will return to its roots and feature special choreography in honor of the 100-year anniversary of Marius Petipa’s original choreography of Nutcracker. Starrett’s classic version of Nutcracker allows the audience to experience the real, live classic story in person instead of on-screen.
“While the movie is just out, there is nothing like a live experience,” Starrett says. “This is a production complete with astounding sets, scenery and hundreds of costumes – it’s a fully professional, once-in-a-lifetime holiday event. See the real story come to life right here in Florence at Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center.”
Columbia City Ballet’s Nutcracker is the largest, continuously running, performing arts event produced in South Carolina, and will be touring eight cities across the Southeast this year. The company’s 32 professional dancers will share the stage with 58 local children, ages 4 to 16, from Florence’s own School of Dance Arts.
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 life-size prince and battle the Mouse Queen. After Clara hurls her slipper and slays the Mouse Queen, the Nutcracker Prince thanks Clara by taking her on a magical journey through the land of snow and kingdom of sweets. The celebration ends with a final waltz where visions of sugar plums dance through Clara’s head.
Tickets can be purchased at https://fmupac.org/tickets/, by calling (843)-661-4444 or by stopping in at 201 South Dargan Street.