By Conrad Dudderar
Wide-eyed youth heard the classic tale of the Nutcracker while admiring some of this yuletide production’s featured characters at a recent Yukon ballet benefit.
About 100 people attended the Sugar Plum Fairy Tea presented Sunday afternoon, Nov. 14 inside the Fellowship Hall of Yukon’s First United Methodist Church, 400 Elm.
This was the third and final major pre-production fundraiser for Central Oklahoma Ballet (COB)’s 26th annual presentation of the Christmas favorite “The Nutcracker.”
Performances will be staged Dec. 4-5 inside the Yukon Fine Arts Center, 850 Yukon Ave.
“The Nutcracker is just a wonderful way to kick off the Christmas season,” COB Board President Allie Overton said.
Kiddos attending the Nov. 14th Sugar Plum Fairy Tea enjoyed visiting the “Land of the Sweets” alongside many favorite Nutcracker characters.
Local dancer Amity Bevard performed as the Sugar Plum Fairy for the tea.
Scott Hein, a Yukon school principal, dressed as Godfather Drosselmyer for the festivities.
Yukon storyteller Ginger LaCroix shared the Nutcracker tale with the young attendees, who were crowned junior sugar plum fairies.
Taylor Endsley won the raffle prize, an American Girl doll.
The Sugar Plum Fairy Tea, Grady’s 66 Pub music/auction fundraiser and Nutty Nutcracker “Duck Lake” skit/auction has raised funds to help cover production costs.
This year’s Yukon Nutcracker will feature new costumes and new sets, according to COB artistic director Debra Vossen.
“It’s really good to get ‘back in the groove’ after what we all went through in 2020,” Vossen said.
‘COMING BACK STRONG’
Central Oklahoma Ballet’s Nutcracker returns on the first weekend of December after being canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19. Local performers began practicing in early October for this year’s production.
“We’re coming back strong – bigger and better!” Overton promised.
The curtain will rise at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 and 2 p.m. Dec. 5 on Yukon’s Nutcracker.
The two performances will feature guest artists, world-class dancers, magical theatrics, and beautiful costumes.
Live music will be provided by the Oklahoma Community Orchestra directed by Irv Wagner.
COB’s last Yukon Nutcracker was staged in December 2019 with record audiences attending the 25th anniversary production.
Local dancers from Yukon, Mustang, Piedmont, and El Reno take the stage alongside seasoned professional artists.
“It’s important to bring the arts to Yukon,” Overton said. “We present a world-class show in our small community.
“We keep our tickets at a reasonable rate so it’s open to all families.”
Tickets to the Yukon Nutcracker are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
For more information, visit centralokballet.org or call (405) 354-1743.