SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Along with all the planned celebrations for Independence Day, July also means something else: the return of the New York City Ballet to the region.
Production and stage crews have begun the annual load in for the New York City Ballet at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
Seven tractor trailers full of stage sets, lighting, and costumes have made their way to the backstage area of SPAC.
Some of the equipment moved includes more than one thousand toe shoes, four concert pianos, and three miles of cable for lighting.
After so many years of performances, SPAC in many ways has become a second summer home for many of the people involved.
"It's great to come up here each year because there's a lot of old friends and faces we see year after year and it's just a wonderful place to be,” said Marquerute Mehler, Production Stage Manager.
The New York City Ballet's season runs one week this year, July ninth through the 13th.