Nutcracker Ballet - Meridian (MS)

Performances
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GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Temple Theatre
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 7:00 pm
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*** Moscow Ballet discounts /codes do not apply to this performance.***

Hailing from Mariinsky, Kiev, & more top Russian Schools, Moscow Ballet Dances through 100+ Cities on 2016 tour in Meridian November 22

Moscow Ballet announces Swan Lake and Great Russian Nutcracker performances featuring Principal Dancers and Balletmasters of the highest caliber and hailing from the world’s top ballet schools. The three tours feature award winning and celebrated Principal Dancers: Ekaterina Alaeva and Kostyantyn Vinovoy on East; Tatiana Nazarkhevich and Andrey Batalov on Central, and Alisa Voronova and Dmitry Kozhemyakin on West, all graduates of the top ballet schools in the world, perform Swan Lake and the Great Russian Nutcracker. Balletmaster, Principal Danseur and Honored Artist of Russia Andrey Batalov has, “made the auditorium roar as loudly as a sports arena” reports the national Russian newspaper Kommersant; Ballet Master and Honored Artist of Ukraine Nobuhiro Tekada is the first and only Japanese person awarded the titles of Honored Artist of Ukraine and People’s Artist of Ukraine, two of the highest state awards. Balletmaster Vladimir Troschenko, an honors graduate from Vaganova Academy at Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, has partnered ballerinas Nadia Pavlova, Bolshoi’s Ludmilla Seminyaka, and Galina Mezentseva of Mariinsky Ballet. These honored artists create the 3 companies of 40 dancers each who entertain audiences from coast to coast with Russian skill and passion from November through December. (See detailed tour list below) New sets designed by multi Academy-Award nominee Carl Sprague include the opening promenade scene highlighting Moscow’s legendary St. Basil's Cathedral and is considered a masterpiece of Orthodox art; the icy Snow Forest has sparkling crystalline snowflakes everywhere, which melt away in Act II to reveal Moscow Ballet’s signature “Land of Peace and Harmony” – a scene filled with exotic Firebirds, Unicorns, Tigers, and Lions who entertain Masha and Nutcracker Prince. New costumes designed by Arthur Oliver, include a dazzling cerulean and ivory bedazzled Ded Moroz, aka Father Christmas, and Snegurochka, aka Snow Maiden, highlight the traditional Russian folklore style and more.

Seeing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is a Christmas tradition for families since the first North American tour in 1993! The 2016 tour runs from November 6 to December 30 in over 100 U.S. and Canadian cities. Moscow Ballet’s Christmas production of the Great Russian Nutcracker will be in Meridian at Temple Theater Tuesday November 22, 7:00pm. Tickets go to www.nutcracker.com/buy-tickets.

Calling local student dancers to audition to perform side-by-side with the professional company in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker in Meridian!

Auditions will be Wednesday, September 21, 3:00pmat Temple Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2320 8th Street, Meridian, MS 39301 for dance students from the area. Student dancers, boys and girls, ages 7 to 17 years, and who have at least one year of ballet training, may audition for ancillary roles such as Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Angels and more. The auditions are free, there may be a casting fee.  The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker November 22 at Temple Theatre. Moscow Ballet’s Dance with Us” program has brought thousands of student dancers on stage to perform in a professional environment annually for 24 years – a once in a lifetime experience for many children! “It really brought the idea home that the Great Russian Nutcracker is a wonderful chance for children to be in a full-length production and experience first-hand an authentic classical ballet from this uniquely Russian company of remarkable performers.” Calgary Herald. Sign up to audition today at www.nutcracker.com/youth-auditions . Performance tickets are at www.nutcracker.com.

Student dancers must have at least one year of ballet training, dress in dance attire and may bring Pointe shoes. Moscow Ballet’s “Dance with Us” program, in its 23rd year, selects student dancers to perform ancillary roles of Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Angels, and more. Audition Director Zhanna Golubenko will be in town for several days to lead the audition and to rehearse the selected student dancers. “The true highlight of the night was seeing all the Calgary children who... should be congratulated for their very skilled and enthusiastic participation. It really brought the idea home that the Great Russian Nutcracker is a wonderful chance for children to be in a full-length production and experience first-hand an authentic classical ballet from this uniquely Russian company of remarkable performers,” Calgary Herald, 2014. Register at www.nutcracker.com/youth-auditions/sign-up-to-audition. Tickets and more info at www.nutcracker.com.

About Temple Theater for the Performing Arts

Temple Theater for the Performing Arts- In the early 1920s, the Meridian membership of the Hamasa Shrine had outgrown their building and wanted a larger facility that would not only accommodate their needs for the various meetings and ceremonies they conducted – but also as a multi-purpose facility to serve the community. Construction began in 1923 – with the Grand Ballroom being completed in November 1924. Signing a lease/management contract made the Saenger brothers of New Orleans responsible for bringing movies and other entertainment to the Temple Theater for the next 40 years. During the next 40+ years thousands of movies and hundreds of famous (and not so famous) entertainers would grace the Temple with some of the finest entertainment available anywhere in the world. In February 2009, a deal was struck between the Shriners and a semi-retired business man from Dallas. Roger Smith stepped forward – and has purchased the entire facility – Theater and Ballroom – and has committed to not only bringing the Temple back to it’s former splendor, but to create and present a rich and full calendar of events and entertainment.