Contact: SBC Artistic Director Julie Ratz 217-553-3993 (cell) julienneratz@gmail.com

Springfield Ballet Company Announces “Through Clara’s Eyes”

October 27, 2020 (Springfield, IL) - Generations of central Illinois families celebrate the
holiday season with a memorable trip to the Springfield Ballet Company's annual production
of The Nutcracker. In a typical year, the Springfield Ballet Company would be diligently working
behind the scenes planning and rehearsing for this year's The Nutcracker. The Springfield Ballet
Company Dancers and Trainees are rehearsing in the studio, but this is not a typical year.

With much excitement, the Springfield Ballet Company announces a new event for this holiday
season. The Springfield Ballet Company invites you to come together in your home to let the
holiday spirits soar with Springfield Ballet Company's production, Through Clara's Eyes.

This festive event will allow Springfield Ballet Company to continue spreading hope and joy
through the magnificent beauty and art of dance while maintaining a safe and relaxing
environment for all to enjoy. Through Clara's Eyes captures the essence and magic behind
Springfield Ballet Company's annual production of The Nutcracker.

The Springfield Ballet Company and The Storyteller Studios are working together to
create Through Clara's Eyes. When asked about the project, Josh Hester, The Storyteller
Studios Principal & Executive Producer, commented, "It is an honor for The Storyteller Studios
team to be a part of this project. There is no way to replace the magic of a Springfield Ballet
Company The Nutcracker performance, but we are looking forward to serving its legacy in a new
and unique way."

The world premiere of Through Clara's Eyes will air during The VIP Experience Presented by
The Landmark Automotive Group, streaming live on November 27, 2020, at 6:00 pm. Other
ticket options are available with multiple show dates and times starting on December 4, 2020,
and running until January 3, 2021. Event details and ticket information are now available on the
Springfield Ballet Company's website at springfieldballetco.org.

The Nutcracker is the largest production of the Springfield Ballet Company's performance
season, generating necessary revenue for its operations. The Springfield Ballet Company
Dancers and Trainees are in the studio rehearsing and will have a robust schedule of outdoor,
streaming, and other performances in the Spring. For the Board of Directors and Staff of the
Springfield Ballet Company, the focus remains on enriching the local community by providing
dance education and performances. Through Clara's Eyes will educate and entertain viewers
and help raise critical funds to sustain the Springfield Ballet Company's operations for 2021.

The Springfield Ballet Company (SBC) is one of the oldest and most respected professional arts
organizations in the central Illinois community. SBC is a civic, not-for-profit ballet company
that has been entertaining and educating area audiences since 1975. SBC further serves the local
community by performing at local festivals, schools, assisted living facilities, and nursing
homes. SBC offers several community outreach programs, including the Boys and Girls Clubs
Ballet Outreach Program and dance workshops with the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois. Outreach
programming helps expose new participants and audiences to the art of dance. Artistic Director
Julie Ratz, Ballet Mistress Gina DeCroix Russell, and Development Director Scott F. Raper serve
as staff for the Springfield Ballet Company. The Springfield Ballet Company is partially
supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.


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