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Grand Forks, ND


Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker 2015  
Chester Fritz Auditorium  
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 7:00 pm alt

Tickets on sale in Grand Forks for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker at the Chester Fritz Auditorium

altTickets on sale in Grand Forks for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker at the Chester Fritz Auditorium on Wednesday November 11, 7:00pm. 

The ultimate holiday tradition for the youngest to the seniors in every family, seeing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker creates holiday memories that last a lifetime. Moscow Ballet’s company of almost 40 dancers is the only internationally touring ballet group to perform to critical acclaim in over 75 North American cities annually. The renowned, award-winning principal dancers and corps de ballet thrill audiences with their expertise, dramatic expression and stunning leaps, drops and turns. The production is known for its dedication to world peace placing Act II in the “Land of Peace and Harmony,” featuring a cannon that shoots roses and a stunning 2-dancer “Dove of Peace” with a 20’ wingspan. All ages feel the spirit of the season at Great Russian Nutcracker performances through the beauty of romantic hand-sewn costumes, 9 shimmering backdrops with authentic splashes of Russian history and fanciful effects such as; life-sized Matrushka (Nesting) Dolls; a 3-headed Rat King and a Troika Sleigh ride through the magical Snow Forest (with falling snow) escorted by Father Christmas and Snow Maiden.

Tickets start at $30.00. Groups of ten or more and Girl Scout troops receive discounts by calling 800-320-1733. Seniors 65+, Military and AAA discounts are available at the theater box office with appropriate identification. For Gold Circle Gift Package and single tickets call Ticketmaster 800-745-3000 or go to

Moscow Ballet announces auditions for local student dancers to perform beside the pros in Great Russian Nutcracker!

altMoscow Ballet announces open auditions on Fri, Sep 4, 7:20pm for local student dancers, boys and girls, ages 7 to 16 years. Selected children will perform beside the professional company in the Great Russian Nutcracker Nov 11 at Chester Fritz Auditorium.The auditions will be at Moscow Ballet local host dance studio Gasper's School of Dance, 524 7th Street, Fargo, ND 58102.

Student dancers must have at least one year of ballet training, dress in dance attire and may bring Pointe shoes. Moscow Ballet’s “Dance with Us” program, in its 23rd year, selects student dancers to perform ancillary roles of Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Angels, and more. Audition Director Olena Nalyvaiko will be in town for several days to lead the audition and to rehearse the selected student dancers. “The true highlight of the night was seeing all the Calgary children who... should be congratulated for their very skilled and enthusiastic participation. 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, 2014. Register at Tickets and more info at

Gasper’s School of Dance and Performing Arts has over 100 years of combined professional experience performing and teaching theatre and dance and a 30-year reputation as Fargo-Moorhead's premier dance educators!  Kathy and Eddie Gasper’s School of Dance and Performing Arts was established to foster the growth of the Red River Valley's artistic community and educate the artistic professionals of tomorrow.All classes at Gasper's School of Dance's state-of-the-art facility are taught by professionals from Broadway, major dance companies, and noted universities across the globe.Gasper's School of Dance and Performing Arts is also home of Fargo-Moorhead Ballet - a non-profit regional dance company founded by Kathy and Eddie Gasper that is now under artistic direction of Matthew Gasper. FM Ballet  produces several dance concerts throughout the year featuring professional dancers and the students of Gasper's School of Dance.

altThe Chester Fritz Auditorium is built where the UND theatre tradition began many years ago...on the banks of the English Coulee. In 1965, Chester Fritz gave the University of North Dakota $1 million towards the construction of a "distinctive auditorium" on campus. A matching appropriation of $1 million from the state of North Dakota and $1 million in private bequests completed the funding for the Chester Fritz Auditorium. The gift came from a man whose fondness for the University of North Dakota has long been evident in financial support and enthusiasm for his Alma Mater.

The Chester Fritz Auditorium, a magnificent center for the performing arts, is considered the finest facility of its kind from Minneapolis to the West Coast. Since its opening, the Chester Fritz Auditorium has brought numerous nationally acclaimed performers to Grand Forks and to the University of North Dakota. The programming has varied from country western, opera, ballet, and symphonies, to Broadway Theatre shows. The Auditorium is also used for many University of North Dakota events. The Chester Fritz Auditorium held its first event October 12, 1972 when the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonic Choir performed.


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