The Children’s Ballet and Bird Bakery Partner Up for an Outstanding Virtual Fundraiser

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The Children’s Ballet and Bird Bakery Partner Up for an Outstanding Virtual Fundraiser
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A Feel-Good Virtual Fundraiser for the Whole Family, The Children’s Nutcracker, Thanks to Bird Bakery & The Children’s Ballet of San Antonio

Put on your holiday PJs, throw a log on the fire, grab a cup of cocoa and prepare to be enchanted as Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Snow Queen and more, dance their way into your living room—and into your hearts. The holidays just wouldn’t be the same without Tchaikovsky’s timeless holiday tale The Nutcracker. That’s why the Children’s Ballet of San Antonio (CBSA) is keeping the tradition alive, but in a safe and socially distanced way with an interactive virtual fundraiser that offers fun for the entire family. Set to take place virtually Friday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 19 at 2 and 7 p.m. then again Friday, Dec. 25 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 26 at 2 and 7:00 p.m. The fairytale comes to life with a full-length production featuring dazzling costumes, multimedia integrated scenery, award-winning dancers, and a talented array of young performers (including special needs artists) in a variety of disciplines. This year’s interpretation will have a 2020 twist with masks and Zoom family gatherings integrated into the storyline. 

Children's Ballet and Bird Bakery

To sweeten the tradition, Bird Bakery will be providing cookie decorating kits designed for boys and girls featuring six of their mouthwatering cookies in the shapes of ballet slippers, ballerinas and, of course, Nutcrackers, along with three tubes of their special Royal Icing in blue, pink and white for creating your culinary masterpiece. Need inspiration? The piping pros at Bird Bakery will offer a cookie decorating tutorial during intermission to guide you through the process of creating the perfect cookie. Bird will also offer sandwich platters for both children and adults that include chips and their famous Monster cookies. If that still doesn’t satisfy your sweet tooth, Bird is offering a Cupcake for a Cause topped with an iced ballet slipper from December 7-13. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of this decadent dessert will go to CBSA.

“We are thrilled to bring the tradition of the Nutcracker home for the holidays. This year more than ever, families are searching for ways to focus on the silver linings and create memorable moments at home. We hope this interactive experience will make the holidays that much richer,” explains Vanessa Bessler, CBSA Founder.

Children's Ballet and Bird Bakery

Tickets for this special event start at $50 with tax-deductible sponsorship packages ranging from $100 to $10,000 depending on the package and can be purchased online where viewers can also find Bird Bakery order and pickup deadlines.  All sponsorships of $100 and up include at least one link to the showtime of choice plus a Bird Bakery cookie decorating set. Cookie decorating sets and sandwich platters are also available to purchase a la carte.

TICKETS AND SPONSOR PACKAGES

  • 50 Dollars: Single Performance

Receive one link to one performance of your choice, viewable on one device to include cast member interviews, candid backstage footage and Bird Bakery cookie decorating demonstration during intermission.

  • 100 Dollars: Single Performance

Receive one link to one performance of your choice, viewable on one device. Includes Bird Bakery cookie decorating set and sponsor recognition on the Children’s Ballet of San Antonio’s website and virtual program. Enjoy cast member interviews, candid backstage footage and Bird Bakery cookie decorating demonstration during intermission.

  • 500 Dollars: Sugarplum Dreams Come True

Make sugarplum dreams come true with one performance link, a Zoom conversation with a lead dancer of your choice (ages 15 and up) along with a signed photograph. Receive one link to one performance of your choice, viewable on one device. Includes Bird Bakery cookie decorating set and sponsor recognition on the Children’s Ballet of San Antonio’s website and virtual program. Enjoy cast member interviews, candid backstage footage and Bird Bakery cookie decorating demonstration during intermission.

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  • 1,000 Dollars: A Dinner Fit for A Snow Queen

Includes links to three performances (each with new cast members) along with a family dinner with award-winning CBSA Founder Vanessa Bessler (up to 6). This intimate dinner is perfect for arts lovers, aspiring artists and choreographers just to name a few. (Dinner held outdoors at a local restaurant. No more than 2 adults and 4 children). Includes Bird Bakery cookie decorating set and sponsor recognition on the Children’s Ballet of San Antonio’s website and virtual program. Enjoy cast member interviews, candid backstage footage and Bird Bakery cookie decorating demonstration during intermission.

  • 2,500 Dollars: Twinkle Toes

If you’ve ever wanted to lace up your dance shoes, now’s your chance! This package includes a link to all three performances, dinner with CBSA founder Vanessa Bessler, a dance lesson either live or via Zoom for the whole family (one or both parents and up to 4 children) in the discipline of your choice, and a $50 credit at the Christmas Market. Includes Bird Bakery cookie decorating set and sponsor recognition on the Children’s Ballet of San Antonio’s website and virtual program. Enjoy cast member interviews, candid backstage footage and Bird Bakery cookie decorating demonstration during intermission.

  • 5,000 Dollars: Share the Magic

CBSA has always taken pride in collaborating with nonprofits and cultural institutions throughout the year, making appearances and performing at events at the Battered Women’s Shelter, DisabilitySA, St. PJ’s Children’s Home, Communities in School, CASA (Child Advocates of San Antonio) and many more. Furthermore, every CBSA production includes free performances for more than 3000 Title 1 and special needs children. In keeping with that mission, this package allows you to support that mission by bringing a link to a Nutcracker performance to the organization of your choice. This package includes a link to all three performances, dinner with CBSA founder Vanessa Bessler, a dance lesson either live or via Zoom for the whole family (one or both parents and up to 4 children) in the discipline of your choice, and a $50 credit at the Christmas Market. Includes Bird Bakery cookie decorating set and sponsor recognition on the Children’s Ballet of San Antonio’s website and virtual program. Enjoy cast member interviews, candid backstage footage and Bird Bakery cookie decorating demonstration during intermission.

  • 7,500 Dollars: Spread the Joy

We could all use a little extra joy this year, especially in our school and work environments. This package allows you to bring the show to the organization of your choice including private schools and corporations. This package includes a link to all three performances, dinner with CBSA founder Vanessa Bessler, a dance lesson either live or via Zoom for the whole family (one or both parents and up to 4 children) in the discipline of your choice, and a $50 credit at the Christmas Market. Includes Bird Bakery cookie decorating set and sponsor recognition on the Children’s Ballet of San Antonio’s website and virtual program. Enjoy cast member interviews, candid backstage footage and Bird Bakery cookie decorating demonstration during intermission.

  • 10,000 Dollars: The Nutcracker Comes to Life Just for YOU!

The ultimate holiday treat, this package allows you and three guests to experience a private, live production at the CBSA studio along with a meet and greet with lead dancers during the production. This package also allows you to bring the show to the organization of your choice including a school, business or CBSA partner organization or supported family. This package includes a link to all three performances, dinner with CBSA founder Vanessa Bessler, a dance lesson either live or via Zoom for the whole family (one or both parents and up to 4 children) in the discipline of your choice, and a $50 credit at the Christmas Market. The package also includes Bird Bakery cookie decorating set and sponsor recognition on the Children’s Ballet of San Antonio’s website and virtual program. Enjoy cast member interviews, candid backstage footage and Bird Bakery cookie decorating demonstration during intermission.

Children's Ballet and Bird Bakery

About the Children’s Ballet of San Antonio

The award-winning Children’s Ballet of San Antonio (CBSA) is an authentic, professional-level ballet company that produces professionally staged productions showcasing San Antonio’s most talented children. Dancers are selected by invitation or audition. The Children’s Ballet of San Antonio is a nonprofit organization 501(c)3. For more information, visit childrensballetofsanantonio.org or call 210-462-7660.

Mission: The Children’s Ballet of San Antonio (CBSA) seeks to inspire the pursuit of excellence and prepare children for productive and creative lives through dance by offering extensive training and performance opportunities for talented children from all backgrounds.

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