Columbia City Ballet announces its 58th Performance Season. The season will feature the company’s trademark performances of Dracula: Ballet with a Bite on Oct. 26-27, 2018 and multiple performances of Nutcracker on Dec. 8-9 and Dec. 15- 16. The world debut of Beatles: The Ballet will premiere on Feb. 2. To close the season, there will be one final performance of The Sleeping Beauty on March 30.
The 58th continuous season of performances brings to life classic ballets as well as fan favorites. Executive & Artistic Director, William Starrett has been leading the company for 32 years and continues to bring his artistic vision to live in each and every production.
Dracula: Ballet with a Bite will be presented on Oct. 26 and 27. The production will leave viewers craving more after experiencing the sensual and seductive allure of this cult favorite. Extend your enjoyment of the ballet by joining Count Dracula in his dungeon at the annual Gala with a Bite.
The renowned holiday classic, Nutcracker will be presented for two weekends in the winter, Dec. 8-9 and Dec. 15-16. Columbia City Ballet’s full-length production of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece is a timeless favorite for members of the whole family. Nutcracker leaves audiences captivated by this enchanting ballet. “If you can’t swing a trip to New York for a big-time staging of Nutcracker, don’t be concerned. William Starrett has staged the annual classic for Columbia City Ballet that is as fine and grandly produced as anything you’re likely to see this season.” –The State Newspaper Prior to the matinee performances on Dec. 8, 9 and 15, guests will have the opportunity to enter the Land of the Sweets at the Nutcracker Tea. Nutcracker characters will visit the sugar-coated land where attendees enjoy a magical tea party, one of Columbia City Ballet’s signature events.
The first performance of 2019 will kick-off with the World Premiere production of Beatles: The Ballet. Celebrating one of the world’s greatest bands as they approach their 50-year anniversary, the ballet will feature some of the Beatle’s most iconic moments, along with 60’s inspired costumes. A groovy reception to honor the Fab Four and the cultural revolution they helped inspire will follow the evening performance.
The Sleeping Beauty will be the closing performance of the season. The South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Morihiko Nakahara, will be accompanying the ballet with the beautiful musical score of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Children and families are sure to appreciate this classical ballet. Columbia City Ballet has produced The Sleeping Beauty 12 times over the years and the 2019 production will be stunning!