SPAC’s Enchanting “Nutcracker Tea” to Delight Audiences on Sunday, November 19 at 11 a.m., 3 p.m.
SARATOGA SPRINGS – SPAC’s popular “Nutcracker Tea,” a beloved, Capital Region holiday tradition is back for two special performances on Sunday, November 19 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The delightful afternoon will feature excerpts from The Nutcracker by Northeast Ballet Company, a traditional English Christmas Tea, American Girl activities, giveaways and gift bags, and more. Tickets are $75 for adults and $35 for children 15 and under; proceeds benefit arts education programs at SPAC.
“The Nutcracker Tea has become one of the most highly anticipated events of the year and is an exhilarating way to kick-off the holiday season in Saratoga,” said Elizabeth Sobol, President and CEO of SPAC. “We are grateful to American Girl Place for their partnership and our Action Council members whose efforts and imagination create a magical experience for guests.”
At both seatings, American Girl Place of New York City will host a Raffle for a Gabriela doll and her accompanying storybook. Gabriela is the American Girl Doll of the Year, a limited edition doll who has a passion for dance and art. American Girl Place will also provide a fashion and arts activity for young guests; additional activities include a Nutcracker Raffle and a Nutcracker Store with specialty Nutcrackers for sale.
“In the past, tickets to our Nutcracker Tea have sold out in less than an hour,” Sobol added. “Anyone who is interested in attending this event should secure their tickets as soon as possible.”
The Nutcracker, composed in 1891 by Tchaikovsky, is a fairy tale ballet that tells the story of a little girl’s journey through a fantasy world of fairies, princes, toy soldiers and an army of mice. First performed in 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia, it has become an American classic since choreographer George Balanchine introduced his production in 1954 in New York City.
Features of the event include:
¨ ballet excerpts from The Nutcracker performed by Northeast Ballet Company;
¨ a raffle for American Girl Doll of the Year Gabriela;
¨ tea, mini sandwiches, cookies and light edibles;
¨ Nutcracker Raffle;
¨ Nutcracker Store.
Tickets for the Nutcracker Tea will go on sale on Monday, October 23 at 10 a.m. and are available at spac.org or by calling 518-584-9330 ext.164. Questions can be directed to Christy Pronto at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 518-584-9330 ext.136.