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Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker 2015  
Murat Theatre at Old National Centre  
Saturday, November 28, 2015 - 3:00 pm alt

Tickets on sale for Moscow Ballet’s acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker  at Indianapolis’ Murat Theatre at Old National Centre Sat, Nov 28th

altTickets on sale in Indianapolis for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker at the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre on Thanksgiving Saturday November 28, 3:00pm matinee. 

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 Platinum Experience featuring backstage Meet N Greet, 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!

Moscow Ballet announces open auditions on Sunday, Sept 13, 3:30pm 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 on Nov 28, 3:00PM at the Olde National Centre.The auditions will be at Moscow Ballet local host dance studio Stage 1 Dance Academy,740 Fry Road Suite D, Greenwood, IN 46142.

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 Olga Aru 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

Indianapolis’ Stage I Dance Academy’s mission is to create a positive, caring environment for every child that desires to dance. This is accomplished by giving every student the same special attention and by providing a qualified teaching staff that has a passion for dance and for teaching dance. The values associated with Stage I Dance Academy include high moral standards and teaching each student that to dance is to love. Other values include building self-confidence, responsibility, integrity, discipline, respect, dedication, teamwork, healthy bodies, and stage presence. The studio also houses A Dancer's Boutique which provides all dance needs at reasonable prices.

Award winning teen musicians open Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

altYouth “Musical Wunderkind” musicians accompany Moscow Ballet principal ballerinas in Saint Saen’s “Dying Swan” from Carnival of the Animals, now commonly known as the influence for Odette’s movements in Swan Lake, in cities on the national tour. The Wunderkind, each in their respective cities, rehearse with the principal ballerina and open the performance in a duo of string player and ballerina to the delight of audiences.

Moscow Ballet’s cross discipline program, “Musical Wunderkind,” is a salute to talented young Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition winners across the country and is an unprecedented opportunity for them. The live performance experience develops young musicians’ interpretation skills in a way practice cannot. Moscow Ballet continues to develop its mission to provide art enrichment for the local communities in which it performs.

Moscow Ballet Wunderkind Maria Sanderson, 16, began playing violin at age eight.  She served as concertmaster for the Indiana University String Academy Chamber Orchestra from 2013 to 2015 and has recently performed as a soloist with both the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra and the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra.  Maria has received a number of accolades including first place in the 2015 Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra Rising Star Concerto Competition, runner-up in the 2014 Bloomington Symphony Orchestra Competition, finalist in the 2015 Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's Mauer Competition and third place in the 2015 national Sphinx Competition.  Maria has performed with soloists David Chan and Joey Swenson, and served as a practice soloist during rehearsals for the Indiana University String Academy debut at Carnegie Hall with Giles Apap in 2013.

altMurat Theatre at Old National Centre, originally known as the Murat Shrine, the oldest stage house in downtown Indianapolis, is now an entertainment venue. Originally built and owned by the Murat Shiners’, its namesake is the Nubian Desert oasis Bir Murat, which itself was named for Frenchman Joachim Murat, one of Napoleon's generals. The building features include stained-glass windows, terra cotta trim, and a 208 foot tall tower at the southeast corner. The Egyptian-themed auditorium opened coincidentally with the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922. In its early days it featured Broadway plays and a 1932 speech by Winston Churchill. Between 1948 and 1963, it was the only road show venue in Indianapolis and for a time it was the home of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. The main sections are the 1,800-seat concert hall, the 2,500-seat performing arts theater and nine more areas for hosting events.


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