Nutcracker Ballet - Sioux City (IA)

Orpheum Theatre
Monday, December 5, 2016 - 7:00 pm

Tickets on Sale now for Moscow Ballet's acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker this holiday season in Sioux City!

Announcing tickets on sale now for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker returning to Sioux City at Orpheum Theatre Monday December 5, 7:00pm.

Direct from Russia to Sioux City, the classic Great Russian Nutcracker will entertain the whole family this Christmas.   Experience the exceptional dancing of award-winning principal artists and a company of nearly 40 classically trained dancers. With a 60-foot growing Christmas tree; hand-made costumes by Resident Designer Arthur Oliver; stunning, hand-painted sets designed by Academy Award nominee Carl Sprague, Sioux City audiences are sure to be delighted.  Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” receives critical acclaim in the over 100 cities they perform, from New York to Los Angeles, Miami to Sioux City.

The production is dedicated to achieving world peace.  Act II is named “Land of Peace and Harmony” and features a rose-shooting cannon and stunning two-person “Dove of Peace” with a 20 foot wingspan.

Tickets in Sioux City start at $30.  Groups of 10 or more receive a special discount and benefits to the Great Russian Nutcracker, and local Iowa Girl Scout troops receive a special interactive program.  Contact or more information.  Seniors, Military and MotorClub members are eligible for discounts at the theater box office.  

For Platinum Experience featuring a Meet N Greet; Gold Circle Gift Package; and single tickets call Orpheum ETIX 800-514-3849 or go to

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

Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director Olena Nalyvaiko will be present Tuesday, September 23, 6:00pm at Moscow Ballet’s local Host Dance Studio Siouxland Movement Arts Center  813 Pearl Street, Sioux City, IA 51101 to audition 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 Tuesday, December 5 at the Orpheum 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 . Performance tickets are at

Siouxland Movement Arts Center has been teaching Siouxland to dance for sixty years. The faculty, directed by Shirley Dill and Tracy Bennett, present classes in a wide variety of theatrical dance styles, including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Baton, Tumbling for Cheerleading, Hip-Hop, Ballroom, and Theatrical Dance. In addition, students are provided with opportunities to study under a variety of professional dancers and noted dance educators through studio-sponsored trips and through studio-hosted master classes. Students receive performance experience in the annual revue as well as at competitions, fairs and at various charity functions. The studio is proud to be the home of Ballet Sioux Tap Inc., and Jazzin Company and to aid in their contributions to our community’s cultural life.

About the Sioux City Orpheum Theatre

The Sioux City Orpheum Theatre was designed by the nationally known Chicago firm Rapp & Rapp and constructed in 1927 as part of the national Orpheum Circuit. The major developer and promoter for the theatre was local Sioux City businessman, Arthur Sanford. It was the largest theatre in the State of Iowa at its time. This once opulent vaudeville and moving picture house boasted a large 2,690 seat, six story auditorium complete with a 21 rank Wurlitzer pipe organ, half circle boxes, hand carved detailing, gilded ornamentation, several crystal chandeliers and a hand painted ceiling. But these attributes were covered and removed over time. In 1989 a nonprofit organization, the Orpheum Theatre Preservation Project, Ltd. (OTPP), was established for the purpose of pursuing the fund raising necessary to renovate and reopen the now historic theatre.

The building was restored by a restoration team of local and nationally prominent professionals and the few surviving crystal chandeliers, light fixtures and lighting devises were meticulously restored. The chandeliers in the main lobby are all original to the Theatre. Many of the light fixtures were removed when the Theatre was closed, but thanks to dedicated volunteers many fixtures were recovered and half of the wall sconces are original to the Theatre. Ornamental plaster was applied to the rebuilt balcony and box seats. A study of the historic finishes identified which finishes were original and how they could be cleaned. It also revealed what the original decorative finishes were in areas that had been painted over. The stencil and trompe l’oeil grand lobby ceiling was uncovered and meticulously documented. The historic designs were replicated to match the original appearance in technique and color. Approximately two years and thousands of hours later, the Orpheum Theatre was re-opened on September 15, 2001.