Nutcracker Ballet - Marion (IL)

Performances
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Marion Cultural and Civic Center
Monday, December 4, 2017 - 7:00 pm
T: 618.997.4030

Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker Returning to Marion Cultural and Civic Center on December 4 ~ Tickets On Sale Now.

 

The one and only Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker will be in Marion on Monday, December 4, 7:00 pm at Marion Cultural and Civic Center.

All ages are invited to celebrate Christmas with the Moscow Ballet company of almost 40 ballerinas and danseurs on their 25th Anniversary Tour of North America in 2017. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is known for its award-winning Principal Dancers, lavish costumes in the style of the Victorian era, many backdrops created by “La La Land’ Set Concept designer Carl Sprague, and its Russian focus including life-sized Matryoshka Dolls, Russian folk legends Ded Moroz (Father Christmas) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) and Troika Sleigh. Adults and children enjoy the special effects of the flapping winged owl on the Grandfather clock, the growing 50 ft tall Christmas Tree, the Dove of Peace with a 20ft wingspan, and of course, the leaps, spins, and extraordinary moves of the company all performed to Tchaikovsky’s complete and incomparable score.

Tickets start at $28.00. Platinum Experience tickets feature artist Meet N Greet and branded gift items; Gold Circle Gift Packages include branded gift items. Groups of ten or more and Girl Scout troops receive discounts by calling 800-320-1733. Discounts for Seniors 65+, Active and Inactive Armed Services, and Motorclub members are available from www.nutcracker.com/buy-tickets .  Single tickets in Marion are available May 19 at www.nutcracker.com/buy-tickets or call the Cultural and Civic Center BO 618 997-4030.

25 Years and 2 Generations Strong: Local Ballet Students Perform Side-by-Side with Moscow Ballet Pros in Marion on December 4

25 years and 2 generations later, over 75,000 local ballet students, ages 6 to 18 with at least 1 year of ballet training, perform side-by-side with Moscow Ballet pros. In Marion, the Dance with Us”  cast will perform their roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker on Monday, December 4 at 7 p.m. at the Cultural and Civic Center this holiday season. 

“It was such an amazing opportunity for our young dancers to grow and see how a professional company works...the costumes were breathtaking, says Julia Zhmutski of Moscow Ballet Host Dance Studio Julia’s Dance Academy in Oklahoma City. The ballet students, who study at ballet schools in the area, auditioned for Moscow Ballet Audition Director  Maria Morari in the fall and rehearsed their roles at the Moscow Ballet Host Dance Studio Arabesque Dance Studio. The children’s roles are as Party Children, Small Mice, Snowflakes, Snow Sprites, Snow Maidens, and Act II’s Variations of the world’s five great heritages. The experience of auditioning for a professional, rehearsing with the company, being fitted in Moscow Ballet costumes, and performing for a live audience of a thousand or more is often a once-in-a-lifetime experience for these children! See the Dance with Us  student dancers perform in the Great Russian Nutcrackerwww.nutcracker.com/yourcity .

Arabesque Dance Studio opened its Carterville, IL location in 2003. Owner Kimberly Coffey and her staff offer over 134 years of experience. The diverse faculty provide instruction in Classical Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Acro, Competitive Dance, and Tap. Students range in age from 3 years to adulthood. Arabesque’s motto is "Why walk, when you can learn to fly." The goal of Arabesque Dance Studio is to offer a quality education in an atmosphere that is positive, supportive, and promotes a genuine sense of self-esteem. Arabesque Dance Studio encourages dancers to take the disciplines of dance into their everyday lives, helping to build self-confidence, good self-esteem and a passion for living. Each staff person involved in the educational programs is experienced and dedicated in their determination to help every child achieve all the success possible. Interested in being a part of this wonderful experience? Please contact us at 618-985-8715.

About The Marion Cultural and Civic Center

The Marion Cultural and Civic Center (MCCC) serves Southern Illinois as an outlet for cultural and artistic opportunities of all types. MCCC is a 1094 seat performing arts center located in the historic town square of Marion, IL. In addition to providing a state of the art theatrical facility, MCCC also provides a portion of the lobby to display paintings and artwork from Southern Illinois artists.

The Marion Cultural & Civic Center’s Patron Series provides Southern Illinois with an opportunity to see a number of national touring productions; while the Young Peoples Arts Series offers presentations and performances for children through Marion schools. MCCC also plays host to multiple promoters that bring in the highest quality in national touring productions. The Marion Cultural & Civic Center is also home to Miss Illinois and the Southern Illinois Music Festival each year, as well as host to Paradise Alley Players, Artstarts, Skyline Creek Productions and the Marion Unit #2 school productions. With these and other local shows and recitals, the MCCC hosts over 300 programs, rehearsals, meetings and other events every year.