Kingdom Of Sweets

By: Emily Johnson Email
By: Emily Johnson Email

By: Emily Johnson
November 17, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Families were able to enjoy an afternoon of fun and dance with the cast of The Nutcracker at Dorothy Oven Park. It was all put on by the Tallahassee Ballet's annual event the Kingdom of Sweets. Children were encouraged to wear their favorite princess outfit and dance along side Clara and the rest of the cast of The Nutcracker. "Oh it's quite fun, they feel like they're princesses and they feel like they could be on the stage at The Nutcracker with the ballerinas. It's just they are so excited and so gitty to get out there and twirl, which is what little girls love to do," Marianne Brooke, Organizer for Kingdom of Sweets.

If you are interested in purchasing tickets for The Nutcracker you can call the Tallahassee Ballet at 850-224-6917 for more information. Their full length shows are on December 20Th and 21st with an additional abbreviated children's show on the 21st.

Press Release: The Tallahassee Ballet

At the beginning of The Nutcracker, every child gets a present. Clara loves hers so much that she performs a special dance, holding her Nutcracker doll high in the air so the audience can see it.

This weekend, Clara will teach that dance to the children at The Tallahassee Ballet's Kingdom of Sweets, which will be held Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Dorothy B. Oven Park. Children are invited to bring their own favorite doll so that they can learn to dance like Clara.

They can learn other dances as well. There will be several characters on hand from The Tallahassee Ballet's upcoming production of The Nutcracker. They will teach dances and perform excerpts from the ballet, which will be performed Dec. 20-21 at Ruby Diamond Auditorium.

Children can make their own special props that will remind them of the ballet, including a Dew Drop wand and Snow Queen ornament. And they can fill a bag from a colorful candy buffet.

Big glass bowls will glisten with gumdrops, M&Ms and candy canes. There will be tables full of sandwiches and sweets, and children can decorate their own yummy creations.

Award-winning photographer Dina Ivory will take portraits with Santa.

Many families have turned these portraits into an annual tradition, dressing in their cutest holiday fashions and collecting one each year.

"It is a wonderful excuse to wear your holiday wear one extra time," said organizer Marianne Brooks.

Advance passes, $20, provide admission to all food and activities at Kingdom of Sweets, including one Dina Ivory portrait per family. Passes are available at or by calling 224-6917.

Guests can enter a raffle for $250 in Vera Bradley items. The prize includes six pieces from The Cottage Collection at The Grey Fox.

Other prizes include a gift certificate to Millennium Nail and Day Spa, valued at $50 and two tickets to the opening night performance of The Nutcracker on Dec. 20.

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