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Kansas City Ballet – Sugar Plum Fairy Luncheon

The 16th Annual Sugar Plum Fairy Luncheon was held on December 11th at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.  The festivities featured the Kansas City Youth Ballet performing excerpts from The Nutcracker, and holiday carols sung by the St. James Academy Honors Choir.  Guests enjoyed watching the magicians perform, taking photos with the Sugar Plum Fairy and shopping at the Nutcracker Market.  Following lunch, guests were dazzled by the matinee performance of The Nutcracker presented by Kansas City Ballet.

Also featured in the January 8th issue of The Independent Magazine
Photo Credit: Larry F. Levenson


(Front row) Peter Pawlyshyn, Kansas City Ballet School; DeVette Ashley, Sugar Plum Fairy Luncheon founder; and James Jordan, Kansas City Ballet (back row) Jeffrey J. Bentley, Kansas City Ballet; and Lisa Sirridge, Sugar Plum Fairy Luncheon chairman

8H1Z0059Students of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s Ginger Frost Honors Artist Program

8H1Z0026Ellen Tuttle directed the Cure of Ars High School Handbell Choir


                                    Hope Wampler, Meghan Long, Betsy Sundeen, Avery Ralston, and Sara Gregor



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