BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — For the first time in over 40 years, the Nutcracker ballet won’t be dancing across any local stages in Bakersfield but Artistic Director Erica Ueberroth said that’s not stopping the Bakersfield City Ballet from making spirits bright this holiday season.
"Although we’re not able to offer a live performance or our tea in person, [we’re] still trying to keep that tradition and that holiday spirit alive," said Ueberroth.
Supported by a grant from the Kern Dance Alliance, the Bakersfield City Ballet is selling to-go tea boxes filled with tea, sandwiches, crafts, a Nutcracker storybook and links to online shows so families can still appreciate the ballet from the comfort of their own home.
All proceeds go directly back into the Bakersfield City Ballet, benefitting their performances and programs, and children throughout the community.
“With the purchase of the box for two, we are donating an activity packet to a child in need in our community, so we’re sharing that magic within the community, trying to give back," said Ueberroth.
As a ballet member, Autumn Benton said it was hard having to cancel the annual show.
“I really like performing on the stage. I like having the big open experience and seeing the audience and seeing their reaction to the whole show, and not having that year is a little, it doesn’t make it as fun," said Benton.
But the Civic Dance Center is still putting on COVID-friendly performances for parents.
“Still dancing and learning the choreography for our miniature shows is still a lot of fun," said Benton.
A Nutcracker tea box for two is $60 and there are optional add-ons.
You can order one here before Friday at 2 p.m. and pick up day is December 12.
The pick up site, which will be shard with those who purchase a box, is being turned into a “Nutcracker Market” with crafts and special guests.
“We are also having company members in costume and greeting patrons, and available for a picture opportunity if people would like," said Ueberroth.
Keeping the spirit of the ballet alive, no matter the circumstances.
“We’re here and we want to keep inspiring and connecting with our community in any way possible," said Ueberroth.