F.M. Kirby Center for the Arts
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Local Youth Set to Perform with Russian Pros!
Critically acclaimed Moscow Ballet and Joan Harris Center 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 F.M. Kirby Center for the Arts on December 3. 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
Returning to Wilkes-Barre 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!
"Steeped in Russian flavor."
New York Times
The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts first opened in 1938 as the Comerford Movie Theater, featuring a variety of films from that era. Renamed the Paramount Theater in 1949, it continued to operate as a movie house until the late 1970s when it began hosting concerts and boxing matches. Although the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, it continued to deteriorate and was on the verge of demolition until the mid-1980s when it was saved and renovated thanks to public and private donations. Today, the Kirby Center hosts a variety of performances such as music concerts, theater productions, and dance productions; upcoming performances will feature Tony Bennett, Willie Nelson, and Riverdance.