Nutcracker Ballet - Meridian (MS)

Performances
*** Moscow Ballet discounts /codes do not apply to this performance.***
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Temple Theatre
Monday, November 20, 2017 - 7:00 pm
On Sale Soon
*** Moscow Ballet discounts /codes do not apply to this performance.***

Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker coming to city Meridian, MS on November 20th, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Temple Theatre

The one and only Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker will be in Meridian, MS on November 20th, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Temple Theatre. Tickets on Sale now at local box office. 

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.

For twenty-five years Moscow Ballet has been consistently embraced by audiences and the press on their North American tours. “The Russians remain the principal keepers of the classical ballet tradition.” Eric Harrison, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 2016.The Principal Dancers receive accolades, “Danced exquisitely by...Ekaterina Bortiakova, her technical prowess, especially in her footwork and turns, coupled with an endearing smile and girlish innocence, was…truly great," from Cleveland Plain Dealer 2014. Canada’s Stephan Bonfield, with the Calgary Herald, writes, “Great Russian Nutcracker …resplendently detailed, colourful production…technically supreme dancing, dazzling moments, authentically opulent and beautifully detailed costumes.” The New York Times Chief Dance Critic Alastair Macaulay, 2010, sums it up, “The Russian ballet style is expansive… elegantly generous, and so the experience is never meager.”

Meridian Ballet Students Called to Audition for Moscow Ballet’s Maria Morari on October 4

Meridian ballet students ages 6 to 18 are invited to audition on Wednesday, October 4, 3:00 pm for Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director Maria Morari at Temple Theater, 2320 8th St. Meridian, MS 39301. Several local dance studios including Elegance Ballroom Dance Studio, Carol Merrill Dance Academy, Encore Dance Company, Suzie McCraw School of Dance, Meridian Community College Ballet Department and Tina's School of Dance will host the auditions. The Moscow Ballet audition is open to students from dance studios across the city with a minimum one year of ballet training.

Ballerina Maria Morari will lead auditions and rehearse the young dancers in their assigned roles. Successful auditionees perform side-by-side with the Moscow Ballet company in the Great Russian Nutcracker in roles that were created exclusively for their age and skill levels such as Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Snow Maidens and more. Maria Moriari also leads the young dancers at dress rehearsal with the Russian company the day of the performance. This is often a once-in-a-lifetime experience for aspiring young dancers. The Dance-with-Us program is in its 25th year of auditioning and rehearsing student dancers in each tour city to perform with the professional company. Auditions are free for all participants. Sign up to audition today at www.nutcracker.com/auditions.

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Monday, November 20, 7:00 pm at Temple Theatre  Find Tickets here www.nutcracker.com/your-city.

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.