nutcracker.JPGEvents on Sunday, November 21 to Feature Performances by Northeast Ballet Company, English Tea, Holiday Photos and More Saratoga Springs, N.Y. -  For the first time, Saratoga Performing Arts Center's Action Council will hold two of its popular "Nutcracker Tea" fundraisers in order to accommodate more guests. The events will both be held on Sunday, November 21 at the Hall of Springs in the Saratoga Spa State Park. Guests may purchase tickets for one of two available times: 11 a.m. or 3 p.m.  The event, sponsored by Emma Willard School, features an English Tea, excerpts from The Nutcracker performed by Northeast Ballet Company, a holiday raffle and a free gift for each child. Tickets, available at are $40 for adults and $15 for children. Proceeds from the event benefit arts education programs at SPAC. "We are thrilled to be able to offer more children and families the opportunity to kick off the holiday season by enjoying the wonderful "Nutcracker Tea" fundraiser presented by SPAC's Action Council.  After three consecutive years of selling out the event well in advance and disappointing many families who wanted to attend, our Action Council members met and decided that the event needed to grow this year," said Marcia J. White, SPAC's President & Executive Director. Features of the event include:
  • ballet excerpts from The Nutcracker performed by Northeast Ballet Company;
  • a raffle for prizes that include Nutcracker dolls, ornaments and more;
  • tea, mini sandwiches, cookies and light edibles;
  • photos with costumed dancers from The Nutcracker;
  • a gift for each child.
"I'd like to extend special thanks to event sponsor Emma Willard School for their generous support of this special event, and of course, to our Action Council members whose effort and imagination create a magical holiday experience for guests," said White.   The Nutcracker, composed in 1891 by Tchaikovsky, is a fairy tale ballet that tells the story of a little girl's journey through a fantasy world of fairies, princes, toy soldiers and an army of mice. First performed in 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia, it has become an American classic since choreographer George Balanchine introduced his production in 1954 in New York City. Tickets for the Nutcracker Tea are still available at or by contacting Alyssa McClenning at 518-584-9330 ext. 121,


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