Nutcracker Ballet - Sarasota (FL)

Performances
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Friday, December 29, 2017 - 3:00 pm
Friday, December 29, 2017 - 7:00 pm

Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker returning to Sarasota at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on December 29 ~ Tickets On Sale Now.

The one and only Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker will return to Sarasota during Christmas week, Friday, December 29, 3:00 pm matinee, and 7:00 pm at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

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 Sarasota are available April 17 at www.nutcracker.com/buy-tickets or call Van Wezel BO (941 963-3368). 

Sarasota and area Ballet Students Called to Audition for Moscow Ballet’s Olena Pedan on Friday, November 3 at Host Studio: Stage Door Studios

Sarasota and area ballet students ages 6 to 18 are invited to audition on Friday, October 3, 5:30 pm for Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director Olena Pedan at Stage Door Studios, 4001 Cattlemen Rd Sarasota FL 34233.  The Moscow Ballet audition is open to students from dance studios across the city with a minimum one year of ballet training.

Ballerina Olena Pedan leads 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. Olena 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, there may be a casting fee. Sign up to audition today at www.nutcracker.com/auditions.

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Friday, December 29, 3:00pm matinee and 7:00 pm at Van Wezel Hall. Find Tickets here www.nutcracker.com/your-city

Stage Door Studios is proud to announce its partnership with the Moscow Ballet for the Great Russian Nutcracker! Now in its seventh year and voted “Best Dance Studio” in Sarasota, Florida, it is the mission of Stage Door Studios to provide an enriching dance experience to the broadest number of people through performances and classes, in a gentle and safe environment that inspires excellence. Stage Door Studios has designed an excellent dance and theater program of activities to give young children a chance to experience the joy of dancing and creative movement in a fun and loving atmosphere. The studio is committed to providing a stimulating and adventurous environment to enhance children’s social, emotional, physical, intellectual and creative growth.  Open the door of opportunity…

About the Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall was built in 1968, opening its doors two years later with a production of Fiddler on the Roof. It has also long presented Broadway musicals, a variety of national and international performers, world-class symphony orchestras, and a mix of classical, modern, and ethnic dance performances. The theater also offers educational and outreach programs for the local community. Among those soon to grace the Van Wezel stage are Dolly Parton, K.D. Lang, the New York Pops, and the traveling production of Shrek: The Musical.