Yukon Nutcracker’s ‘Land of the Sweets’ comes alive

Central Oklahoma Ballet’s Sugar Plum Fairy Tea this Sunday at Yukon FUMC

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Yukon’s Faith Blose of Central Oklahoma Ballet crowns a junior sugar plum fairy during the November 2021 “Sugar Plum Fairy Tea,” one of the three annual fall fund-raising benefits for the Yukon Nutcracker. This year’s tea will be 2-3:30 p.m. this Sunday, Nov. 13 at Yukon’s First United Methodist Church, 400 Elm. (Photo provided)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

The Land of the Sweets comes alive this weekend at a Yukon Nutcracker benefit.

As its third and final pre-production event, Central Oklahoma Ballet will present the “Sugar Plum Fairy Tea” from 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 in the Fellowship Hall of Yukon’s First United Methodist Church, 400 Elm.

“This is a great time for grandmothers, mothers, daughters, and granddaughters to come out and kick off the Christmas season,” Central Oklahoma Ballet President Allie Overton said.

“It’s always fun to see all the little girls dressed in their ‘Sunday best’.”

Guests are welcome to enjoy tea and treats while characters from “The Nutcracker” ballet visit each table.

The Nutcracker story will be acted out by characters from the holiday dance production.

“They can take pictures with the dancers,” Overton pointed out.

Attendees will visit with the Sugar Plum Fairy, Mouse King, Nutcracker Prince, Clara, and other ballet favorites.

As a bonus, Godfather Drosselmeyer (Chris Day) will play a fun game of “Drosselmeyer Says” with the audience.

As if that’s not enough, a ballet dance lesson will be presented.

“We’ll also raffle off an American Girl doll,” Overton said. “It will be the winner’s choice.

“Cookies and cupcakes are being donated by Debbie West. We’ll also have special Sugar Plum Fairy tea for all the girls.”

Yukon’s First Methodist Church has proven to be an ideal setting for the annual Nutcracker tea.

“We are very grateful to the church for lending us their facility every year,” Overton noted. “They’re always every considerate of our needs.”

Tickets are $15 each and may be purchased online at www.centralokballet.org

All tickets are general admission. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.

Central Oklahoma Ballet board members encourage the public to buy tickets to the annual Yukon Nutcracker production: From left, Phil Carson, Sam Sims, Scott Hein, and Earline Smaistrla. Performances will be Dec. 3-4 inside the Yukon Fine Arts Center, 850 Yukon Ave. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For details, visit http://www.centralokballet.org. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)
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‘NUTCRACKER’ STAGED DEC. 3-4

This Sunday’s Sugar Plum Fairy Tea will help raise funds to cover production costs of Central Oklahoma Ballet’s 2022 Yukon Nutcracker production.

The curtain will rise at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 inside the Yukon Fine Arts Center, 850 Yukon Ave.

Both performances will feature professional guest artists, local dancers and live music by the Oklahoma City Community Orchestra.

Tickets to Yukon’s yuletide Nutcracker are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

Learn more by visiting www.centralokballet.org

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