Frequently Asked Questions

If you have never attended The Nutcracker Tea Party, this information may be helpful. And take a look at the gallery to see photos of past parties.

What does the Nutcracker Tea Party benefit?

Friends of Overland Park Arts are committed to growing arts and culture in our community. The Nutcracker Tea Party is in its eleventh year and is the Friends’ major fundraiser.  Proceeds support public art installations, exhibits, performances and educational programs throughout the year. Your attendance at the Nutcracker Tea Party helps grow the arts in Overland Park.

Who dances in the show?

Dancers are students at Crescendo Conservatory and range in age from 9-18. Principal dancers are members of Crescendo in Motion, the official performance company of Crescendo Conservatory. Students from area universities are often featured as well. The Crescendo dancers audition for their roles and practice for months prior to the performances. Many of the dancers train five or six days a week and perform at events throughout the year. Learn more about Crescendo Conservatory.

I’d like to buy tickets. When do they go on sale?

If you’ve attended the Nutcracker Tea Party in the past three years, you’ll have the opportunity to buy tickets in July. Ticket sales to the public begin in early September. Seating at the parties is reserved in the order in which the tickets are purchased with sponsors at the front of the room. And . . . the parties sell out early!!!  Don’t wait to order.  Parties will begin to sell out before Thanksgiving. Members of Friends of Overland Park Arts receive first notice that tickets are on sale and a 10% discount on tickets (maximum of 10 seats but not including patron tickets or sponsorships).

How do I get seats in the first few rows?

If you’d like the best seats, become a Table Sponsor available beginning at $750 (see all levels of sponsorship).  Sponsors receive seating for 10. Please note we do not discount tickets at this level and a portion of your ticket purchase is tax deductible.

Would my son and husband enjoy the event?

Absolutely, it’s a family-friendly event enjoyed by all.

How many seats are at a table?

We can only accommodate ten at a table (highchairs and boosters included). Please do not ask us to seat more than 10 at a table as it is not comfortable those seated at the table.

I’d like to be sure to sit with my friends. How do I make that happen?

When you order tickets, please let us know (and have your friends let us know as well). While we do our best to make sure all these requests are accommodated, if you’d like to be guaranteed, order all the seats at one time and coordinate with your friends and family.

How should we dress?

It’s a party, so come dressed for the holidays. You’ll see a little bit of everything from dressy pants outfits to little girls decked out in velvet and taffeta. Don’t have a tiara? You can buy one at the boutique along with dozens of other Nutcracker items.

May I bring my camera?

Of course, but we ask that you refrain from flash photography during the performance to protect our dancers. There’s plenty of opportunity to get pictures with the dancers – as they stroll among the guests during the tea party before the performance – and we have a photo area too. Flash photography is not allowed during the ballet performance.

Will the children be able to see the performance?

Absolutely! We reserve an open space in front of the stage for the children to watch the performance after the tea party portion of the event.

My children are young. May I sit in the front with them?

While all children are allowed to sit in front of the stage, we require that parents return to their seats. We have security set up around the area and if a child starts to search for a parent, we have volunteers assigned to help them. Be sure to let your children know your table number to make it easy to find you if need be.

What else can I expect?

We have a Boutique that’s perfect for holiday shopping. Come prepared to shop for Nutcrackers, ornaments, tiaras and other items.  Each party will also feature a raffle.