The 2020 Nutcracker Tea went off and not using a hitch Saturday regardless of a number of adjustments to the occasion’s format, leaving the attendees dazzled as they received a real style of “The Nutcracker” simply two weeks earlier than its opening night time.
The Aiken Civic Ballet’s annual occasion was deliberate for the summer season to accommodate for adjustments spurred by the coronavirus pandemic, together with restricted seating and serving meals prematurely to the visitors.
The tea session allowed Aiken’s youngest ballet fans to munch on finger meals as music from the acclaimed ballet fluttered by means of the Aiken County Historic Museum the place the occasion was held.
Performers for “The Nutcracker” have been masked all through the occasion, however such adjustments hardly deterred attendees.
Youngsters and adults alike admired the Nutcracker-themed Christmas timber scattered all through the constructing, in addition to the dancers and their costumes.
Following a brief efficiency from a number of of the dancers of the ballet, attendees acquired footage and autographs from the dancers.
The brand new setup, although smaller than how the tea has been arrange up to now, felt extra intimate, and mirrored what a real tea celebration would really feel like, mentioned Tara Reeder, the Aiken Civic Ballet board president.
The Aiken Civic Ballet may resolve to maintain the setup the identical in future Nutcracker Teas, Reeder added, however for now will simply take pleasure in having the ability to have the pre-‘Nutcracker’ ballet custom in any respect.
“To deliver again the ‘Nutracker’ custom brings in hope,” she mentioned. “This implies so much (to the dancers). It is their Christmas custom.”
Three performances of “The Nutcracker – Land of the Sweets” will probably be held Dec. 18-20 on the USC Aiken Etherredge Middle, 340 Scholar Loop. Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18; and a pair of p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, and Sunday, Dec. 20.