For Ron Jones, the music brings to life the magic of Columbia County Ballet’s The Nutcracker.
“I’ve been involved in The Nutcracker since I was 16, and I have never tired of the Tchaikovsky music,” said the ballet’s artistic director, who is approaching his 62nd birthday. “The music is just magical, and I think part of that for me is because it is Christmas.
“It’s a Christmas story, and it’s just all that make-believe stuff that you love during Christmas.”
Dancers from the Martinez dance studio will tell the story of Clara and her Nutcracker doll who transforms into a prince.
Columbia County Ballet’s production, now in its 15th year, will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at the Imperial Theatre, 749 Broad St., Augusta.
The Imperial lends itself to setting the right mood for the audience, Jones said.
Proceeds from the ballet’s October performance of Peter Pan were donated to the theater for future renovation costs.
“It’s an Augusta treasure, and we really do want to help support it,” he said.
A couple of dancers will don new costumes when they take to the stage.
The prince will be dressed in a new suit with red satin pants, while the cavalier has a new green velvet jacket. Performers dancing in the candy cane role also will be adorned in new red-and-white-striped ensembles.
In addition to the holiday music and bright garments, part of what makes the performance festive are the elaborate backdrops, Jones said.
The audience will follow Clara into the party scene, snow forest and land of sweets.
Last year, the 750-seat theater was sold out, Jones said.
“The people just kept piling in,” said Jones, who hopes for a similar turnout this year. “It was very exciting for the dancers and very exciting for us to see it received so well.”
Admission into the production ranges between $15 and $28. Tickets can be purchased at www.imperial