Nutcracker Ballet - Savannah (GA)

Performances
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Lucas Theatre
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 3:00 pm
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 7:00 pm
T: 912.525.5050 ext. 1

Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Dove of Peace Tour in Savannah!

Experience Moscow Ballet’s Dove of Peace Tour  presenting world class ballerinas and danseurs in over 100 cities across North America this holiday season. CNNspoke with Producer Akiva Talmi about the ballet’s unique Dove of Peace character which was inspired by Bolshoi Principal Artists’ performance in NYC in 1957, and first presented by Moscow Ballet as a single ballerina costumed in 2 lightly feathered wings. Talmisays, “Masha flies on the wings of the Dove of Peace around the world seeking peace and harmony. She goes to France, Italy, Africa -- all around the world, and she finds peace and harmony through love.” In Act II Masha and her Nutcracker Prince arrive in the “Land of Peace and Harmony” (traditionally called the Land of Sweets) and celebrate the great heritages of the world including African, Asian, European, Hispanic and Slavic.

Moscow Ballet Announces Youth Auditions for the “Great Russian Nutcracker” Saturday, October 27 in Savannah

Moscow Ballet’s community engagement program “Dance-with-Us ” brings the historic Russian Vaganova ballet pedagogy to American children in each city on the N American Tour.  Moscow Ballet Audition Director Maria Morari arrives in Savannah on Saturday, October 27 at 9:30 am to audition local dance students for roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker!

Maria Morari will audition and rehearse children ages 6 to 17 years with at least 1 year of ballet training. Local children will meet and work one-on-one with talented Moscow Ballet Soloist/Audition Directors who have toured the world; have degrees in Masters of Choreography, Economics and Journalism; won awards at International Ballet Competitions, and performed with super stars including Svetlana Zakharova, Diana Vyshneva and Vladimir Vasiliev! Children’s roles are as Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Snow Maidens, and more. Auditions are free, there may be a casting fee. Dress rehearsal is on stage with the Russian company and children’s costumes are provided by Moscow Ballet. Rehearsals run through the fall and take place at Moscow Ballet Host Studio The Ballet School 74 West Montgomery Cross Roads Savannah, GA 31406. Sign up to audition today at www.nutcracker.com/auditions

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Wednesday December 19 at 3:00 pm matinee and 7:00 pm, at Lucas Theatre.  Buy Tickets.

The Ballet School (TBS) specializes in Classical Ballet and Traditional Character Dance. Founder and Artistic Director Heidi M. Carter and the faculty are dedicated to the art of Ballet and find great joy in watching students flourish in talent and self-esteem. The Ballet School's main goal is to bring a professional quality of dance to all students. TBS offers the largest Adult and Boys Programs in the area! Classes include Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Progressing Ballet Technique U.S. and Pilates Barre Fusion. A native of Savannah, Heidi began her classical training with Ruth Goodman's Danse Theatre of Savannah in 1964.  She was accepted in The Savannah Ballet Guild at eleven years old and continued her studies under Hilda de la Guardia from Ballet Nacional de Cuba.  In 1979, Heidi opened The Ballet School while continuing to teach and perform with the Savannah Ballet. Heidi studied and performed with artists from NYC Ballet and ABT, including Peter Martins, Suzanne Farrell, Heather Watts, Kathleen Haigney, Kim Hightower, Daniel Duell, Peter Frame and Mikhail Baryshnikov.  She also studied with David Howard, Robert Weiss, Edward Villella, John-Pierre Bonnefaus, Karena Brock, Robert Joffrey, Hector Zaraspe and Robert Barnett. The reopening of The Ballet School took place November 2009 with 35 students and has flourished with over 300 dancers to become one of the most respected and sought after schools in the region.

About The Lucas Theatre

The Lucas Theatre was built in 1921 by Arthur Lucas and architect C.K. Howell. Howell designed theaters across the country and Lucas owned more than 20 theaters throughout the South, though the Lucas Theatre in Savannah is the only one to bear his name. Built primarily as a movie palace, the theater also incorporated a stage for road shows. With the advent of television and the population shift to the suburbs, the theater era began to wane. It was used as a dinner theater and comedy club. But none of the ventures was successful, and the building was slated for demolition more than once.

In 1986, with the theater once again threatened by the wrecking ball, a group of citizens pooled their resources, bought the building and created the Lucas Theatre for the Arts Inc. They began a 14-year campaign and completed a $14 million restoration. Supported by donations from Savannah residents and such celebrities as Kevin Spacey and the cast and crew of "Forrest Gump," the Lucas had a grand reopening in December 2000. The theater’s future is now assured by a relationship with the Savannah College of Art and Design. Many events bring now more than 1,000 people per week.