The Columbia City Ballet (they go by The South Carolina Ballet when they're touring, FYI) has been producing The Nutcracker
for 50 years now — that's half a century, y'all. The show, with executive and artistic director William Starrett at the helm, heads to Sottile Theater for one night, Fri. Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online
or by calling the box office at (866) 811-4111.
In case your childhood sucked and you never got to enjoy this gem, here's the plot of the Nutcracker
: Clara receives a nutcracker from her uncle, Drosselmeyer. At the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve, Clara sees the nutcracker grow into a life-size prince. The classic story continues with the Mouse Queen, Sugar Plum Fairy, and the Land of Sweets.
Starrett says, "This is a professional production replete with sets, scenery, and costumes ... it's a once-in-a-lifetime holiday event." You can take his word for it, or check out the production, which features 29 professional dancers as well as appearances by local children, for yourself.