Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party Gives Children Preview of the Nutcracker

Sugar plums and sweet treats filled the 4th floor of the GoggleWorks Sunday afternoon for the 3rd annual Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party. The festive tradition is hosted by Berks Ballet Theatre as preview for the the annual holiday performance of The Nutcracker.

Taking inspiration from the Nutcracker’s “land of the sweets”, the afternoon featured an assortment of desserts, crafts, and a special performer meet and greet. In addition, guests were invited to part take in story time, which featured a three-dimensional pop up book of the classic Nutcracker story.

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Tea Party guests enjoying story time.

“I think it’s a very nice interactive way for the kids to get up and close with the dancers”, says Director of Berks Ballet Theatre Conservatory of Dance, Nathan Bland.

“During the actual performance of The Nutcracker, the stage is so far away. So for the little kids, the Tea Party provides an intimate way to see the performers up close.”

After crafts and lunch Berks Ballet Theatre performers put on a special preview of The Nutcracker for the young audience.

Berks Ballet Theatre dancers perform portions of the Nutcracker for Tea Party guests.

Selling over 130 tickets, the whimsical atmosphere filled the GoogleWorks industrial chic 4th floor studio. “This is my daughter first year in ballet and she had an amazing time today” said Kathleen from West Reading.

Oley resident Kristin Kohler and her daughter enjoyed the afternoon Tea Party. “I liked the food and the story time” mentioned Kristin’s daughter. “We’ve been coming out to see The Nutcracker performance since she was little. She’s been so fascinated by the dancers.” said Kohler.

Berks Ballet Theatre will be performing the classic tale of Clara and her beloved Nutcracker December 14th and 15th at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in West Reading.

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