Nutcracker Ballet - Portland (ME)

Performances
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
State Theatre
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 7:00 pm
T: 800.745.3000

Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker Returning to Portland at State Theatre on December 5 ~ Tickets On Sale Now.

 

The one and only Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker will be returning to Portland on Tuesday, December 5, 7:00 pm at State Theatre.

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 Portland are available June 9 at www.nutcracker.com/buy-tickets or call  Ticketmaster 800-745-3000. 

25 Years and 2 Generations Strong: Local Ballet Students Perform Side-by-Side with Moscow Ballet Pros in Portland December 5

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 Portland, the “Dance with Us”  cast will perform their roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker on Tuesday, December 5  at State Theatre 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 Anna Radik   in the fall and rehearsed their roles at the Moscow Ballet Host Dance Studio Dance Studio of Maine. 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 Nutcracker:www.nutcracker.com/yourcity .

Dance Studio of Maine is a professional, family oriented dance studio with welcoming, beautiful studio space to accommodate any class size needed. It offers classes in all genres of dance styles and for all ages and abilities, beginner through advanced. The studio goal is for every student to feel good about themselves. The studio has excellent, fully qualified dance educators teaching group classes, private lessons and specialty workshops. The school features workshops from dance superstars such as Andrew Wojtal, Jon Rua, Chloe Arnold, Kate Harpootlian, Blake McGrath, Kenny Wormald, Savion Glover, Ellenore Scott, Kaelynn Harris, and Mark Boston!

About The State Theatre

The State Theatre is a historic theater featuring a combination of Moorish and Art Deco architecture. The State Theatre's doors opened to the public for the first time November 8, 1929, when tickets were ten cents to a quarter, to 2,200 invited patrons for Gloria Swanson's first talkie, The Trespasser and then served as a top-tier first run motion picture house for over 30 years. The State only flirted briefly with silent films and vaudville before transitioning completely to Hollywood's biggest first run sound films of the day. In the mid-1930s the State Theatre began a children's matinee program, showing the most popular cartoons of the day, such as Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, and Popeye. Since its grand re-opening in October 2010 under the partnership of Crothers and The Bowery Presents , the State Theatre has hosted such acts as the Avett Brothers, Elvis Costello, Skrillex, Bassnectar, Trey Anastasio, Mastodon, Gillian Welch, Iron & Wine, Bright Eyes, Excision, Pixies, The Flaming Lips, Flux Pavilion, Pretty Lights, FUN and Of Monsters of Men, MGMT, Arctic Monkeys.