The timeless holiday tradition adapts to life in a global pandemic
Hartsville, S.C. - William Starrett and Columbia City Ballet have brought holiday magic to Hartsville this December with their 60th-anniversary professional, socially-distant production of Nutcracker! Executive and Artistic Director William Starrett created a captivating performance perfect for this unique holiday season. Starrett added a twist to this year’s performance by setting the classical ballet, Nutcracker, in the early years of the 20th century coinciding with the Spanish Flu Pandemic..
“Often we don't consider how devastating the influenza pandemic was in 1918. Over 600,000 Americans died because of that disease and many more were likely saved because people adopted simple public health measures like mask wearing and social distancing,” Artistic and Executive Director William Starrett said. “These lessons aren’t new but with simple costume adjustments we can tell our story, remember the moment we’re in, and keep our dancers safe.”
Columbia City Ballet, South Carolina's largest performing arts organization, turned Nutracker into a local holiday tradition - performing the production for the past 35 years in a row. To keep the tradition alive, strict COVID-19 health and safety protocols are in place to protect our patrons, dancers, staff, and volunteers. Limited ticketing, socially distant seating, and face masks will be required for all audience members for the duration of the production.
Columbia City Ballet’s 60th-anniversary production of Nutcracker will be presented with two performances on December 17th at 7:00 p.m. and on December 18th at 7:00 p.m. at the Center Theater. Both performances will adhere to strict Covid-19 safety guidelines, with social distancing and limited seating. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Center Theater’s box office at (803) 332-5721.
Columbia City Ballet's mission is to offer South Carolina and Southeastern audiences the highest quality ballet. We in South Carolina can proudly claim one of the strongest and most versatile ballet companies in the Southeast. Since the Columbia City Ballet's founding in 1961, it has fully integrated the world of dance within the community as the largest performing arts organization in the state.