The Capitol Theatre
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Local Youth Set to Perform with Russian Pros!
Critically acclaimed Moscow Ballet and Oglebay Institute School of Dance will soon announce the cast list of student dancers who will perform in the 20th Anniversary production of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at The Capitol Theatre on November 28. Student dancers have been rehearsing with a Moscow Ballet Audition Director since the auditions, in preparation for their ancillary roles that include Party Children, Mice, Angels, Butterflies, Snowflakes, and more.
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker is
Coming to Wheeling with 20th Anniversary Production!
The special 20th Anniversary production of Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker in 2012 overflows with a spectacular new "Dove of Peace," where 2 dancers become one stunning bird, inspired by the early works of Stanislov Vlasov, original choreographer and director of Moscow Ballet's inaugural Great Russian Nutcracker. The production also features a Christmas tree that grows to 7 stories tall; falling snow and Troika-styled sleigh escorted by Russian folk characters Ded Moroz (Father Christmas) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden); towering hand-made silk puppets; 200 all new, lavish costumes; and 9 hand- painted backdrops, all set to Pyotr Tchaikovsky's complete Nutcracker Suite score.
For 20 years, Great Russian Nutcracker performances have featured the finest Russian ballerinas and danseurs. From former Bolshoi soloist Stanislov Vlasov and partner Lilia Sabitova (People's Artist of Russia) in 1993 to the classic Marina Alexandrova and Vitaly Zabelin in 1996; danseur and upstart choreographer Anatolie Emelianov and Honored Artist of Russia Tatiana Predenia in 2002; Varna IBC Gold Medalists Cristina and Alexei Terentiev in 2006; and award winning partners Karyna Shatkovskaya and Vladimir Tkachenko in 2011. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker celebrates 20 years of soaring holiday spirit!
The Capitol Theatre first opened in 1928 as a stage performance venue and movie house, also hosting numerous radio broadcast performances. It was also once home to the Wheeling Symphony Society. The venue featured three motion picture machines—one for silent films, one for "talkies," and another for emergencies. With approximately 3,000 seats and two balconies, the Capitol was designed to offer "unhampered sighting...from even the remotest corner" of the theater. The interior was adorned with silken wall panels, a proscenium arch that towered above a 44-foot wide stage, and beautiful lighting fixtures that "contained hundreds of amber color prisms." In disrepair, the building closed in 2007. It was reopened in 2009 amid renovations, which are ongoing. Performers including Johnny Cash, B.B. King, and Lynyrd Skynyrd are among many such stars to have graced the Capitol Theatre stage, in addition to stage performances, which in more recent years have included Hairspray, Guys and Dolls, and STOMP.