Kick off your holiday season with South Carolina Ballet’s Nutcracker. Celebrating their 28th year of production, the South Carolina Ballet heads to the Savannah Civic Center on November 30 at 3 p.m..

“We are always trying to top ourselves,” Artistic and Executive Director William Starrett said. “This year we have the largest cast ever full of new costumes and will be a really great time to start off the holidays.

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The South Carolina Ballet is known as the Columbia City Ballet when they are not on tour. Founded in 1961, the company has 21 paid dancers and over 2,000 season members. Some of their upcoming 2020 productions include “Cinderella” in March 2020 and “Great Gatsby” in February 2020. 

Starrett in his 33rd year directing for the company.

“Anything that has endured for over 100 years, if you haven't seen it before, you might want to see why it’s so good,” Starrett said.

"The Nutcracker" is a ballet written by Pyotr IIyich Tchaikovsky who also wrote "Swan Lake" and "Sleeping Beauty" over 100 years ago. “The Nutcracker” is a story of a little girl who receives a nutcracker as a Christmas gift. On Christmas Eve at midnight, the nutcracker grows into a lifesize prince and after the girl saves the prince, the two enter a magical land full of adventure.

The South Carolina Ballet has brought the production to Savannah for 28 years and decided to push this year’s showing to an earlier time so families could attend the Savannah Harbor Boat Parade of Lights afterwards.

The fully professional South Carolina ballet cast of 200 includes local children who have been rehearsing since August for this year’s “Nutcracker”. The production will be touring nine cities in the Southeast this year, including the stop at the Savannah Civic Center.

“We love coming to Savannah and the audience is awesome,” Starrett said. “ This production is guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit.”