Ballet Chesapeake has developed a Nutcracker Outreach Program for pre-school children held at the Bel Air Armory in December. Ballet Chesapeake invites children, ages 2 through 6 years old, from Harford County child care facilities and Kindergarten programs to attend an age appropriate performance that introduces children to the magic of live theater. This show includes excerpts from the Nutcracker ballet which are performed as a narrator explains the story of Clara and her magical toy. After the performance, costumed dancers lead the children to a decorated Tea Party area for refreshments.
2019 Performances will be held on Friday, December 6 at 9:15am, 11am or 12:45pm.
Each year Ballet Chesapeake performs at numerous community events throughout Harford County and the state of Maryland. Each Fall Ballet Chesapeake performs at The Bel Air Festival for the Arts at Shamrock Park, and several Library Outreach events. The company has also performed at the Maryland Canter for the Arts Gala.
This year, Ballet Chesapeake again takes up partnership with Toys for Tots. Our holiday Nutcracker performance is particularly fitting for this organization. Ballet Chesapeake now accepts toy donations from audience members which are taken to Toys for Tots so that underprivileged children and families can still experience the joys of the holiday season.
In continuation of our outreach goals, Ballet Chesapeake regularly provides blocks of tickets to performances to local organizations and charities throughout the state. Without Ballet Chesapeake taking the initiative to facilitate the attendance of these underprivileged children, most would simply not have this opportunity to be inspired and educated by a professional theater performance.