An historic-themed scavenger hunt centering around the primary characters of the Colorado Youth Ballet’s A Colorado Nutcracker will take place between Saturday, Nov 18, and Sunday, Dec 3, 2017, as a kick-off promotion for this production. Colorado Ballet Society’s annual Nutcracker will be performed at the Pikes Peak Center with the Colorado Youth Ballet, the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, and the Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale on Wednesday, December 20, at 7pm and Thursday, December 21, at 4pm and 7pm.
“In honor of Ballet Society’s twentieth anniversary season, we planned to create a special version of The Nutcracker highlighting our city’s founding families,” shares Ballet Society and Youth Ballet founder and director, Patricia Hoffman. “At each scavenger hunt location players can have fun learning more about the unique history of the Front Range region. This is such a great community to be part of and it has a rich legacy worth celebrating.”
Scavenger Hunt participants will solve simple clues to unlock each location where they will take selfies and upload to either Facebook or Instagram while tagging Colorado Ballet Society in the posted photos. #NutcrackerScavengerHunt is the suggested hashtag. Each qualifying participant will be entered into a random drawing where they have a chance to win one of the following donated prizes: a night at The Antlers Hotel; a night at Glen Eyrie Castle; a gift certificate from The McAllister House Museum for a private tea for four; and $92 value in tickets to attend A Colorado Nutcracker this December. See full list of instructions and rules at: danceinthesprings.com.
“This production has been in the works for more than two years and audiences will be delighted with the new costumes, backdrops, and set pieces,” claims Ballet Society’s production manager, Hillary Moseley. “It’s the beloved classic tale-set in 1907 Colorado Springs.”
New backdrops setting the stage depict The Antlers Hotel, the Great Hall at Glen Eyrie, and a winter scene of Garden of the Gods. Images were created by Katherine Marie Photography and American Photo Treks, who are official sponsors of the production.
“It’s a great honor to take on portraying such a well-known figure here in Colorado Springs,” says Cole. “I find it remarkable that most people know about his role in the development of Colorado Springs, but have no idea that he was also a highly decorated War Hero. I have been narrating for this production for seven years now and I love seeing the kids’ excitement every year. Backstage is always buzzing before the show as the dancers are all ripe with excitement and anticipation. Then when the curtain goes up, they are focused and nail their performances. It’s truly fun to watch and be a part of.”
A Colorado Nutcracker portrays Palmer and his daughters entertaining the children of Colorado Springs at a special Christmas Eve celebration, just as they were known to do. This tradition was initiated by his deceased wife, Queen, who loved the children of Colorado Springs. Local students of the time returned her affection and according to its website Queen Palmer Elementary School is named after her.