Event Recap: 2018 Sugar Plum Fairy Children’s Ball

Mary Leonida, Barbara Lewis, Beth Fleck, Michelle Weeks, Ava Weeks, Rebecca Plemmons, Jana Kumar, Brooklyn Kumar, Mackenzie Plemmons, Maya Fleck

The 24th Annual Sugar Plum Fairy Children’s Ball, hosted by chair Mrs. Shelley Zucht, on December 1st transformed the Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown into the Land of Sweets. Guests enjoyed the Kansas City Youth Ballet performance, as well as holiday carols sung by Ginger Frost High School Honors Artists from the Lyric Opera. It was indeed all about the twinkle and sparkle of the holidays as guests were treated with incredible magicians, jugglers, beautiful face painting, photos with the Sugar Plum Fairy and shopping at the Nutcracker market. At the end of the feast, everyone was whisked away to the matinee performance of The Nutcracker presented by Kansas City Ballet and sponsored by Bank of America. It was a wonderful way to celebrate the start of the holiday season.


Chair Shelley Zucht with husband Cord


Event Emcee, KSHB Anchor Christa Dubill and host of Antiques Roadshow, Mark Walberg entertain guests


Kansas City Ballet Artistic Director Devon Carney, Pamela Royale Carney, School Director Grace Holmes, Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley
Tatiana Graham, Zana Lange, Alexander Jenkins as Fritz, Annabelle and Juliana Graham, Alexis Snyder as Clara
Catherine and Sophie Middleton
Kristin and Adele Osbern with Kansas City Board member, Claire Brand
Marc Larsen with daughters Ellory and Marren, join Chris Longly and his daughter Elizabeth
Ella Grace and Sarah Zschoche, Amy Carter Zschoche, Melissa Consentino, Bridget Battmer, Andrea Moore

Photography by Don Ipock

KC Ballet Instagram News

In honor of Kansas City Ballet’s Nutcracker debut at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., next week, KC Ballet has Company member Lamin Pereira dos Santos and KCB School Student Maggie Crist on board to takeover the @kc.ballet and @kc.balletschool Instagram accounts respectively. Be sure to follow them on their incredible journey that begins today! Send them some hometown love as they represent KCB in our nation’s capital. They’ll begin KC performances on Dec. 7th at the Kauffman Center.


Photo Credits:

Top: KCB Dancer Lamin Pereira dos Santos. Bottom: KCB Dancer Michael Davis and KCB School Student Maggie Crist. All photography by Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios.