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Date: 12/3/2022
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: The Peabody Auditorium

About The Event

On Sale: Friday, October 21, 2022 at 10 a.m.

The always highly anticipated Children’s Sugar Plum Tea is offered on Saturday one hour prior to the show at 6 p.m.

Children ages 3-12 will enjoy sweet confections and other holiday treats in a fairytale atmosphere with beautifully decorated trees and tables. A few of the Nutcracker characters will make an appearance to pose for photos to enhance the holiday experience. You must have a show ticket and tea ticket to attend the Sugar Plum Tea. Children are required to have a show and tea ticket to enter, one adult is permitted entry to accompany the child.

The cast of over 80 performers in this magnificent production comes from multiple participating dance studios across Central Florida, with choreography produced by 12 choreographers.  This event is a collaborative community project with professional guest artists from Cincinnati Ballet.

Set to the classical music of the Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the story comes alive when a young girl Clara, performed by Amelia Palmer, receives a magical Nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve from her mysterious magician godmother Frau Drosselmeyer, played by Valerie Betts. Drosselmeyer’s young Apprentice, played by Harry Robart, befriends Clara and protects her from her naughty young brother Fritz, played by Lucas Walker, and his rowdy friends.

As she drifts asleep, in her dream a battle ensues between the army of mice led by the Mouse Queen, played by Samantha Jolley, against the army of toy soldiers led by her beloved Nutcracker, played by Harry Robart.  As Clara helps the Nutcracker to overthrow the Mouse Queen, a spell is broken and the Nutcracker is transformed back into a Prince who looks just like her protector Apprentice. To thank Clara for her bravery, the Prince takes her on a journey through an enchanted Snow Forest where they meet a majestic Snow Queen, played by Jessica Motzer, a North Star, played by Joy Perry, and a Dew Drop, played by Sky Stone.

Traveling through the swirling snowflakes, Clara and her Prince arrive to the Kingdom of Sweets.  The beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier greet them with sweet confections from exotic lands of Arabia, Spain, Russia, France, and China. This year back by popular demand, the spectacular guest artists Melissa Gelfin De-Poli and Rafael Quenedit Castro from the Cincinnati Ballet will perform as the Sugar Plum Fairy and as the Cavalier. They will join the cast for the Saturday evening and for the Sunday matinee shows.

During the performances, the Peabody lobby will be transformed into a quaint German village. Patrons can purchase unique Nutcracker gifts from Frau Drosselmeyer’s Magical Toy Shop and indulge in sweet delights from the breathtaking Kingdom of Sweets Shoppe. 

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