Columbia City Ballet, now South Carolina Ballet, is proud to announce our highly anticipated performances of Nutcracker at the FMU’s Performing Arts Center with a spectacular performances on December 14th. This holiday season, audiences will be enchanted by a holiday experience like no other, as South Carolina Ballet brings this beloved classic to life with a captivating twist and new custom backdrops, along with the high artistic and production standards synonymous with South Carolina Ballet (Columbia City Ballet). Inspired by the historic South yet thoughtfully updated for a modern and diverse audience, South Carolina Ballet (Columbia City Ballet) presents William Starrett’s Nutcracker with stunning new custom backdrops that will transport spectators to a world of graceful elegance, charm, and wonder. Drawing on the rich heritage of the south, the production’s innovative set design showcases a seamless blend of tradition and innovation. “We are thrilled to present this unique rendition of Nutcracker to the Florence community,” said William Starrett, Artistic Director of Columbia City Ballet. “Our goal is to breathe fresh life into this cherished ballet while paying homage to the history and culture of the South. Audiences can expect an unforgettable journey into a world of magic, beauty, and splendor.” The production promises to captivate both young and old with its heartwarming tale of Clara’s dreamlike adventure. As the story unfolds, audiences will be transported to a realm of dancing snowflakes, twirling flowers, and mesmerizing characters that will leave them in awe. In addition to the breathtaking performance, audiences can look forward to witnessing the beauty of new backdrops featuring intricately designed scenes showcasing classic southern charm. From grand mansions to majestic trees draped in snow, each backdrop has been crafted with great attention to detail, ensuring an immersive experience like never before.