Central Oklahoma Ballet hosts second Nutcracker fundraiser

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By Conrad Dudderar

Senior Staff Writer

Children will be treated to the story of the Nutcracker during the annual “Sugar Plum Fairy Tea” in downtown Yukon.

The second Yukon Nutcracker fundraiser from is 2-3:30 p.m. this Sunday, Nov. 4 inside the First United Methodist Church at 400 Elm Street, Yukon, OK.

The church’s Fellowship Hall will be decorated as the Land of the Sweets from the traditional Nutcracker ballet, which is performed each December in Yukon.

Central Oklahoma Ballet raises money for its two holiday Nutcracker performances through grants and benefits like Sunday’s Sugar Plum Fairy Tea.

Mother Ginger calls all the children up to the front and tells the story of the Nutcracker,” said Central Oklahoma Ballet artistic director Debra Vossen. “We’ll have performers dressed as Nutcracker characters serving cookies and tea and the children will play Nutcracker games.

It will be a great afternoon for mothers and their children.”

Yukon storyteller Ginger LaCroix has played the role of Mother Ginger since the second year the local ballet company began presenting The Nutcracker. The scene featuring Mother Ginger and her adorable Gingerbread Cookies is a highlight of the show.

Vossen advised people to make plans now to attend because “we always sell out of tickets.” Space is limited.

Tickets are $15 each. For tickets, email allie.overton@att.net .

Central Oklahoma Ballet (www.centralokballet.net) will present “The Nutcracker” at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Yukon Fine Arts Auditorium, 850 Yukon Ave.

The yuletide production features the Oklahoma Community Orchestra directed by Irv Wagner, local dancers, and national and international guest artists.

Central Oklahoma Ballet’s Nutcracker is supported by the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and BancFirst.