For more than 30 years, the Colorado Ballet Auxiliary Sugarplum Program has been bringing magic to 2nd and 3rd grade girls. This Denver tradition is a two-year commitment that includes months of festivities and friendships culminating in a black-tie ball for both Sugarplums and Alums the Friday after Thanksgiving.
During the first program year, Sugarplums are presented on-stage at opening night of Colorado Ballet’s The Nutcracker, which occurs the Saturday after Thanksgiving. During the second program year, Sugarplum Alums are invited to join the artists of Colorado Ballet and cast on stage during the party scene of one performance of The Nutcracker during the Colorado Ballet holiday season. Performing in the party scene is a memory these girls truly never forget. And if that isn’t sweet enough, the proceeds of the Sugarplum program help Colorado Ballet bring world-class dance to Denver.
The current fee for participation in the Sugarplum Program is $2,500 each year. Such fee includes a charitable contribution to Colorado Ballet of up to $1,000 of each year’s fee. The amount of the charitable contribution may vary year to year based upon program costs.
Applications are submitted during prospective participants’ 1st grade school year. The application is released in late fall and applications are accepted through January 31st.
The Sugarplum Program is secular and inclusive of all faiths and beliefs. While we would love to include every family wishing to participate, space is limited. Applications are considered in the order in which they are received with consideration given to Colorado Ballet Auxiliary volunteer and community service.